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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Re: 83,000 and Counting

Posted by on November 16 at 16:50 PM

Andrew Sullivan, who has turned his website into a crusade against the Bush administrations fondness for torture, had this to say about that jaw-dropping 83,000 figure:

83,000???? Just when you think you have heard the worst about this administration’s chaotic, ad hoc, incompetent and intermittently criminal detention policies in the war on terror, a trap-door opens and you fall down another story. It is important to recognize that this administration reserves the right to detain anyone, include American citizens, anywhere, for any amount of time, without charge, sometimes without even documentation, and reserves the right to torture them as well. There are now close to 4,000 held without charge for a year. It is past time for the legislature and the courts to fight back and restrain - or at least bring some kind of order and legality - to this astonishing record. If the administration will not grant these prisoners POW status, it must agree to new rules that allow the innocent to be distinguished from the guilty, and to bar torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment for ever. Pass the McCain Amendment now.

If you haven’t been reading Sullivan on the torture scandal, Dick Cheney, and John McCain, you should.