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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:30 AM
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Bush says won't let Iraq prison abuses happen again
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N14684812.htm

WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush said on Saturday he was determined that Iraqi prison abuses will never happen again, as he took stock of a difficult week in Iraq.

In his weekly radio address, Bush suggested the abuse scandal was limited to those directly involved at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. He pointed out that charges have been filed against seven soldiers and the first trial is set to begin next week.

"My administration and our military are determined that such abuses never happen again," Bush said. "All Americans know that the actions of a few do not reflect the true character of the United States Armed Forces."

U.S. military interrogation techniques have come under scrutiny following revelations of abuse at Abu Ghraib, which had been a torture center under ousted President Saddam Hussein.

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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:36 AM
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1. With any kind of leadership they wouldn't have happened in the first place
Edited on Sat May-15-04 10:36 AM by underpants
and of course without the father of one of the GI's "leaking" the pictures we would have never known about it. It would have been one of those stories only reported on by non-mainstream media and therefore roundly ignored/discredited.

This "our system confronts and deals with it" BS is just that BS! Without the leak it would not have been dealt with and anything the ICRC would have said about it would have brought the isolationists, anti-internationalists, and attack dogs out to paint the ICRC as a radical left wing European 'Murka haters.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:37 AM
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2. Oh, so he admits that HE let them happen to begin with!
Well, isn't that an impeachable offense? Praise Jay-zus!

:headbang:
rocknation
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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:41 AM
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3. More liekly...
the Bush Administration will work harder to prevent such atrocities from getting out.
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central scrutinizer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:47 AM
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6. yes, they will ban digital cameras
then, problem fixed. By the way, I liek the way you spell liekly - fits this maladministration to a tee.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:44 AM
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4. Too late shit-head....
...Dubya is going down, out and to prison.
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Bob3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:47 AM
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5. But be torture will continue as usual
in the other locations of the America Gulag. Done by proud members of *'s private army.

They are so evil I don't even have words. SEVEN! That's it? Not a single higher up? None?

They have got to go.

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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:58 AM
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9. Yes, I seem to remember when * first took office...
The first thing he requested was a private army.

Now we know what he wanted them for.

Seems like he did it anyway, somehow.

He must have partnered up with someone in this..

I don't know names inv in Blackwater..

But Jack London is a huge Bush doner.
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:52 AM
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7. His words are couched very carefully...
here:

"My administration and our military are determined that such abuses never happen again," Bush said. "All Americans know that the actions of a few do not reflect the true character of the United States Armed Forces."

Notice the personage/entity separation introduced with strategically placed personal pronouns. IMO- this form of press release should be ignored. An effective response to his statement would be:

Why All the 'Secrecy'?

and hammer on that for a month or two!

The word "secrecy" is Bush's Achilles heel.

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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:58 AM
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8. "My administration and our military are determined that such abuses never
be revealed again," bush said. "All Americans know thtat the actions of a few do not reflect the true character of the United States Armed Forces, yet we are the few that never follow the rules."

"So long, suckers!" bush added.
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bacchant Donating Member (747 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:02 AM
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10. Bush's repeated "actions of a few" mantra
would indicate he's confidant the plea bargains and coercion will limit the scope of the scandal. God I hope he's wrong but I'm not holding my breath, after all these guys have managed to keep the lid on the crime of the century: MIHOP
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:42 AM
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11. Who cares what Queeg has to say
about the strawberries?
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MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 12:11 PM
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12. "Never"?
Dang, he's got more power than I thought!
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Nlighten1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 12:53 PM
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13. "I won't let you find out about it again"
Is what he really means.
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Mithras61 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 12:59 PM
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14. Actions of a few...
in Iraq (even though it's about a few prisons, not a few soldiers)

in Guantanamo (even though the reports are dismissed as fabricated)

in Afghanistan (even though the reports are just now being given air time)


No, the "actions" in question don't seem to be those of a few, but rather a culture of torture and mistreatment that comes from the highest levels of this administration.
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Warren Stuart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 01:16 PM
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15. At least Clinton took his Mulligans on the golf course.
There's a saying in Texas or is it Tennessee? fool me once shame on me or is it shame me twice and fool on you. No, no it's why do fools fall in shame, hold on, hold on it will pop in my head any minute.
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 01:52 PM
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16. For once, the man is right.
He says this atrocity will "never happen again". It never will because in November, we will have a new president and George Beelzebush will pack his bags and leave Washington.
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 01:53 PM
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17. If he can stop it from happening, why did he not do it up front?
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