Rumsfeld allowed prison abuse



Report: Rumsfeld allowed prison abuse – U.S. Security –


In the never ending battle of trying to destroy the Bush Presidency, during a time of war and shortly before the 2006 mid term elections, with high hopes of returning Democrats to power, the drive-by leftstream media is out doing themselves in attacking President Bush through Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.


Here is yet another inflammatory article attacking Secretary Rumsfeld, as if they feel the attacks by some retired General Officers isn’t enough. If we didn’t read anything but the headline we would be led to believe that Secretary Rumsfeld personally traveled to Guantanamo Base and personally authorized abuse of detainees. According to the article;


“U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld allowed an “abusive and degrading” interrogation of an al-Qaida detainee in 2002, an online magazine reported Friday, citing an Army document.”


Apparently, some report says ONE detainee was abused and now, that is Secretary Rumsfeld’s fault. And, an “online magazine” is the drive-by medias source? Haven’t they been bellyaching about “online sources” as not being journalistic or reliable? Maybe they become reliable when it suits the leftstream drive-medias agenda?


“In a report a Pentagon spokesman denounced as “fiction,” Salon quoted a December 2005 Army inspector general’s report in which officers told of Rumsfeld’s direct contact with the general overseeing the interrogation at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.”


Oh, the horror!!!! The Secretary of Defense, during a time of war, had contact with a General overseeing operations at a Detainee camp in Guantanamo! This is a problem? Isn’t the Secretary of Defense expected to be in contact with Field Commanders? I would certainly hope so!


“Rumsfeld spoke regularly to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, a key player in the treatment of detainees in Iraq and Guantanamo, during the interrogation of Mohammed al-Kahtan”


Again, isn’t this what is expected of a sitting Secretary of Defense during a time of war?


"Over 54 days in late 2002, soldiers accused him of being a homosexual, and forced him to stand naked in front of a female interrogator, to wear women’s underwear and to perform “dog tricks” on a leash, Salon reported."


Salon, the “online source” that is now to be trusted claims these actions. Similar actions by a small handful of our Troops at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq resulted in prosecution and conviction of those responsible. Who has been charged or convicted in these abuses? Given the horrible acts of September 11, 2001, are they even abuse? Of course, some say yes others say do whatever is needed to extract information.


A Pentagon Spokesperson has said labeled this report that Salon has relied on as “fiction.” Since this spokesperson may be in support of President Bush and the Battle of Iraq, my guess is the drive-by media has decided they are “unreliable.”


Salon quotes this questionable report as, Lt. Gen. Randall M. Schmidt, an Army investigator, as saying in a sworn statement to the inspector general that “The secretary of defense is personally involved in the interrogation of one person.” In the very next paragraph, “Schmidt is quoted under oath as saying he concluded that Rumsfeld did not specifically order the interrogation methods used on Kahtani, but that Rumsfeld’s approval of broad policies permitted abuses to take place.


Wait a minute! This whole slam is built around the notion that Secretary of Defense; Donald Rumsfeld was “ personally involved in the interrogation of one person.” Yet, here their source says, and under oath, “Rumsfeld did not specifically order the interrogation methods used.”


This returns us to the old claim from a couple years ago, Rumsfeld’s approval of broad policies permitted abuses to take place.” So, by approving “broad policies,” it becomes Rumsfeld’s fault that a few interrogators may have exceeded their acceptable methods of interrogation. Talk about grasping at straws!


Jeffrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a telephone interview, “We’ve gone over this countless times and yet some still choose to print fiction versus facts.” Mr. Gordon also said, “Twelve major reviews, to include one done by an independent panel, all confirm the Department of Defense did not have a policy that encouraged or condoned abuse. To suggest otherwise is simply false.”


So, what is the intent of this “report?” Another source, both online and broadcast that the drive-by leftstream media doesn’t care much for, Rush Limbaugh, had this to say about it, “There was a Democrat strategery memo written by Dingy Harry. It did target the military. They were going to come out and they were going to accuse Bush of being incompetent in use of the military, and Rumsfeld would be part of that. Okay, so this is the fruition of that memo? I’m sure. This is not coincidental….”


Is this what is behind all the trash Rumsfeld drive-by media reporting we have seen this week? Is this why we are being treated to three-year old “reports” published as if they are new? Is this how the Democrats have decided to grab control of both the House of Representatives and Senate, with no regard to how many of our troops may be killed or injured because of their inflammatory remarks that will embolden our enemies?


This is all reminiscent of how the anti-war left sold out our Military during Viet Nam causing several thousand more American deaths and untold Vietnamese deaths. Is political power so precious that Democrats are willing to sacrifice the lives of our fighting people just to grab power away from Republicans? From where I sit, it appears so.


Winning the Battle in Iraq is about a lot more than simply saving face as a nation. We have committed to giving several million Iraqis and hopefully, those in surrounding nations, a free opportunity to set their own destiny and become a free people. Our Military have given their lives and spilled much blood to give the Iraqi people that chance. Their sacrifice should not be besmirched simply so politicians can dance on their graves to regain power and further erode the greatness America once had and is trying to rebuild.


Don’t fall for this latest attempt at a power grab. Democrats seem unable to build on solid ideas and have resorted to these ridiculous methods. Instead of joining forces with the Bush Administration to support our Military, once again, under the leadership of the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and even John ‘F’in Kerry, they have apparently decided to repeat the misguided steps taken during the 1960s and early 1970s that caused the Military to withdraw from Viet Nam before the job was done, to the detriment of millions of South Vietnamese.


We cannot allow the blood of our heroes to be wasted again for political gain.





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