03 March 2006

Gonzales's goons claim exceptions to torture ban

They keep moving the goalposts and changing the rules as it suits them.

After Bush threatened to veto the McCain amendment outlawing torture, he eventually caved in and signed it. But that doesn't matter. Gonzales can simply decide that the law doesn't apply in cases that might be inconvenient or contrary to their torturous agenda.

Think about it: They're going out of their way to torture people.

This is how our tax dollars are being spent.

From today's Washington Post via truthout:
Bush administration lawyers, fighting a claim of torture by a Guantanamo Bay detainee, yesterday argued that the new law that bans cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees in US custody does not apply to people held at the military prison.

In federal court yesterday and in legal filings, Justice Department lawyers contended that a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, cannot use legislation drafted by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to challenge treatment that the detainee's lawyers described as "systematic torture."


US District Judge Gladys Kessler said in a hearing yesterday that she found allegations of aggressive US military tactics used to break the detainee hunger strike "extremely disturbing" and possibly against US and international law. But Justice Department lawyers argued that even if the tactics were considered in violation of McCain's language, detainees at Guantánamo would have no recourse to challenge them in court.
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