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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Quotes of the Morning

“U.S. SENATOR JACK REED (D-RI): General Sanchez, today's USA Today, sir, reported that you ordered or approved the use of sleep deprivation, intimidation by guard dogs, excessive noise and inducing fear as an interrogation method for a prisoner in Abu Ghraib prison. Is that correct?
SANCHEZ: Sir, that may be correct that it's in a news article, but I never approved any of those measures to be used within CJTF-7 at any time in the last year.”
-General Sanchez testimony before Congress, May 19, 2004

“A memo signed by Lieutenant General Ricardo A. Sanchez authorizing 29 interrogation techniques, including 12 which far exceeded limits established by the Army’s own Field Manual, was made public for the first time by the American Civil Liberties Union today.
‘General Sanchez authorized interrogation techniques that were in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions and the Army’s own standards,’ said ACLU attorney Amrit Singh. ‘He and other high-ranking officials who bear responsibility for the widespread abuse of detainees must be held accountable.’
The Sanchez memo dated September 14, 2003, specifically allows for interrogation techniques involving the use of military dogs specifically to ‘Exploit(s) Arab fear of dogs…,’ isolation, and stress positions.”
-ACLU, March 29, 2005

"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is considering new top command assignments that would possibly include promoting Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the former American commander in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, Pentagon and military officials say."
-New York Times, June 20, 2005

"Get involved in a scandal that makes America look bad and weakens our position on the 'War on Terror'? Hmm.. Its looking like either you'll be awarded (ala George 'WMD' Tenet) or promoted (ala Condi 'Memo? What memo?' Rice or Ricardo 'Dirty' Sanchez). I agree with Jon Stewart. I think we're looking at Chief Justice Karl Rove."


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