The Bush Team successfully kept torture in the headlines for the last year and seems intent on continuing to show their pro-torture hand. Most poker players play their cards close to the vest but not this administration. They are balls to the wall violence. CNN reports:
The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to U.S. officials and a copy of the amendments. Officials say the amendments would alter a U.S. law passed in the mid-1990s that criminalized violations of the Geneva Conventions, a set of international treaties governing military conduct in wartime. The conventions generally bar the cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment of wartime prisoners without spelling out what all those terms mean.
Who’s leading the pro-torture charge? It is none other than Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. And the military’s reaction, as the law change supposedly would protect their soldiers? The military's top uniformed lawyers testified at the same hearing they are training to comply with existing law and complying would not impede operations.
The Bush/Cheney pro-violence, pro-torture administration continues to spin their nefarious schemes and America’s reputation suffers greatly around the world. The brings to mind a great bumper sticker:
George Bush and Dick Cheney: World Bleeders