Re: Armageddon and the Avignon Presidency
- "They show acts "that can only be described as blatantly sadistic,
cruel and inhumane,"
Torguemada and Abu Ghraib open up a vast window of the type of
psychological model, or you might say, etheric and historical
profiles that are used, as both individual symptomology character
studies and historical patterns that arise as we look back in
history to the basis of Philip the Fair and the torture of the
Templars. Not to be taken lightly is how the United States has been
striding towards overthrowing human treatment and human Geneva
Conventions and standards to make way for these older, past models
of behavior that allow older personality and etheric models to arise
again as cultural profiles.
"So what is shown on the 87 photographs and four videos from Abu
Ghraib prison that the Pentagon, in an eleventh hour move, blocked
from release this weekend? One clue: Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld told Congress last year, after viewing a large cache of
unreleased images: "I mean, I looked at them last night, and they're
hard to believe." They show acts "that can only be described as
blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhumane," he added.
A Republican Senator suggested the same day they contained scenes
of "rape and murder." No wonder Rumsfeld commented then, "If these
are released to the public, obviously it's going to make matters
Yesterday, news emerged that lawyers for the Pentagon had refused to
cooperate with a federal judge's order to release dozens of unseen
photographs and videos from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq by Saturday.
The photos were among thousands turned over by the
key "whistleblower" in the scandal, Specialist Joseph M. Darby. Just
a few that were released to the press sparked the Abu Ghraib abuse
scandal last year, and the video images are said to be even more
The Pentagon lawyers said in a letter sent to the federal court in
Manhattan that they would file a sealed brief explaining their
reasons for not turning over the material. They had been ordered to
do so by a federal judge in response to a FOIA lawsuit filed by the
American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU accused the government
Friday of putting another legal roadblock in the way of its bid to
allow the public to see the images of the prisoner abuse scandal.
One Pentagon lawyer has argued that they should not be released
because they would only add to the humiliation of the prisoners. But
the ACLU has said the faces of the victims can easily be "redacted."
To get a sense of what may be shown in these images, one has to go
back to press reports from when the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal was
still front page news.
This is how CNN reported it on May 8, 2004, in a typical account
"U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld revealed Friday that videos
and `a lot more pictures' exist of the abuse of Iraqis held at Abu
"'If these are released to the public, obviously it's going to make
matters worse,' Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services
Committee. `I mean, I looked at them last night, and they're hard to
"The embattled defense secretary fielded sharp and skeptical
questions from lawmakers as he testified about the growing prisoner
abuse scandal. A military report about that abuse describes
detainees being threatened, sodomized with a chemical light and
forced into sexually humiliating poses.
"Rumsfeld told Congress the unrevealed photos and videos contain
acts 'that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and
The military later screened some of the images for lawmakers, who
said they showed, among other things, attack dogs snarling at cowed
prisoners, Iraqi women forced to expose their breasts, and naked
prisoners forced to have sex with each other.
In the same period, reporter Seymour Hersh, who helped uncover the
scandal, said in a speech before an ACLU convention: "Some of the
worse that happened that you don't know about, ok? Videos, there are
women there. Some of you may have read they were passing letters,
communications out to their men .The women were passing messages
saying `Please come and kill me, because of what's happened.'
"Basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with
young boys/children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were
sodomized with the cameras rolling. The worst about all of them is
the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They
are in total terror it's going to come out."
OTHER STIRRING NEWS:
"President George W. Bush has granted himself the power to declare
anyone on earth -- including any U.S. citizen -- an "enemy
combatant," for any reason he sees fit. He can render them up for
torture, he can imprison them for life, he can even have them
killed, all without charges, with no burden of proof, no standards
of evidence, no legislative oversight, no appeal, no judicial
process whatsoever except those that he himself deigns to construct,
with whatever limitations he cares to impose. Nor can he ever be
prosecuted for any order he issues, however criminal; in the new
American system laid out by Bush's legal minions, the Commander is
sacrosanct, beyond the reach of any law or constitution."