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Four Color Politics

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

Monday, September 25, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Submitted Without Comment

“What the heck.. For once I’ll post without commenting too much. See if you can follow the thread here…”
-Skippy


“No one can argue that the Iraqi people would be better off with the thugs and murderers back in the palaces. Who would prefer that Saddam's torture chambers still be open?”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, March 19, 2004

“The bad news is that Mr. Bush, as he made clear yesterday, intends to continue using the CIA to secretly detain and abuse certain terrorist suspects. He will do so by issuing his own interpretation of the Geneva Conventions in an executive order and by relying on questionable Justice Department opinions that authorize such practices as exposing prisoners to hypothermia and prolonged sleep deprivation.
Under the compromise agreed to yesterday, Congress would recognize his authority to take these steps and prevent prisoners from appealing them to U.S. courts. The bill would also immunize CIA personnel from prosecution for all but the most serious abuses and protect those who in the past violated U.S. law against war crimes.”
-Washington Post, September 22, 2006

“It's important for Americans and others across the world to understand the kind of people held at Guantanamo. These aren't common criminals, or bystanders accidentally swept up on the battlefield -- we have in place a rigorous process to ensure those held at Guantanamo Bay belong at Guantanamo.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, September 6, 2006

“It's hard to picture Haji Nasrat Khan as an international terrorist. For a start, the grey-bearded Afghan can barely walk, shuffling along on a three-wheeled walking frame. His sight is terrible -- he squints through milky eyes that sometimes roll towards the heavens -- while his helpers have to shout to make themselves heard. And as for his age -- nobody knows for sure, not even Nasrat himself. ‘I think I am 78, or maybe 79,’ he ventures uncertainly, pausing over a cup of green tea.
Yet for three and a half years the US government deemed this elderly, infirm man an ‘enemy combatant’, so dangerous to America's security that he was imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay.”
-Guardian (UK), September 22, 2006

"Clearly at the end of the day, we've got to eliminate that pool of people who are susceptible to becoming killers."
-Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, August 11, 2006

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