It's "one of THOSE days" in the news, again
Yesirree, one of those "go back to bed and hide" days in the news, when you have to wonder WHAT THE HELL country we're living in:
Guantanamo "detainees" attack their guards when the guards show up to cut down an attempted self-hanging. This was ON TOP OF THREE MORE attempted suicides, just in the last DAY. WTF is going on down there? Oh, hell, we'll never know - we just have to trust our leaders!
Remember - this is the supposed frickin' OCEAN PARADISE we treated our "guests" to:
Seeking to dispel what may be GITMO’s few remaining negative images, Rep. Hunter assures us there is no real abuse "unless you consider eating chicken three times a week real torture."
Other members of the resort’s new Board of Directors are also weighing in. At a news briefing, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld boasted that "at Guantanamo, the military spends more per meal for detainees" than it does on rations for U.S. troops. Rummie assures us that this level of extravagance will continue. (June 16, 2005)
And didn't we used to arrest people SUSPECTED of a crime instead of going all Judge Dredd on their asses:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents began following the black SUV after somebody reported seeing it pick up suspected illegal immigrants near the U.S. side of the Otay Mesa border crossing, Lt. Kevin Rooney of San Diego Police Department said.
And the border paranoia that drives crap like this continues, as we plan to build a fence along the border & patrol it with high-tech surveillance (not incidentally giving beaucoup megabucks to military contractors), all justified at least in part by keeping terrorists from crossing into the United States.
However, they'll just need to go North and sneak in through Canada, seeing as our security-conscious government plans to do NOTHING on our Northern border. Which is okay, I guess, 'cause people coming over THAT border aren't all brown and stuff. Or something.
And as so many others are pointing out, we seem to have had our "My Lai" moment in Iraq:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A decorated Marine colonel turned anti-war congressman has said Marines killed at least 30 innocent Iraqi civilians "in cold blood" in Haditha in November, suggesting the death toll may be twice as high as originally reported.
Rep. John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, told reporters Wednesday that he got his information from U.S. commanders, who said the investigation will show that the Marines deliberately killed the civilians.
My Lai was not a unique event, just the most publicized of many such incidents during the Vietnam War. If the same holds now (and we have no reason not to think it does), how many more Hadithas have happened in Iraq that we HAVEN'T been told about?