Excerpted from BBC News. “Cheney accused on prisoner abuse.”
While Colin Powell urged the US President to follow Geneva Conventions prohibiting torture, neocons Cheney and Rumsfeld “essentially wanted to do away with all restrictions”.
Mr Bush agreed to a compromise, that “Geneva would in fact govern all but al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda look-alike detainees”.
“What I’m saying is that, under the vice-president’s protection, the secretary of defence [Donald Rumsfeld] moved out to do what they wanted in the first place, even though the president had made a decision that was clearly a compromise,” Col Wilkerson said.
He said that he laid the blame on the issue of prisoner abuse and post-war planning for Iraq “pretty fairly and squarely” at Mr Cheney’s feet.
“I look at the relationship between Mr Cheney and Mr Rumsfeld as being one that produced these two failures in particular, and I see that the president is not holding either of them accountable… so I have to lay some blame at his feet too,” he went on.
Asked by the BBC’s Today if Mr Cheney could be accused of war crimes, he said: “It’s an interesting question.”
“Certainly it is a domestic crime to advocate terror,” he added.
“And I would suspect, for whatever it’s worth, it’s an international crime as well.”
From Democracy Now! (http://www.democracynow.org)
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
IRS Warns Church About Anti-War Sermon
The Internal Revenue Service has warned one of Southern California’s largest churches it could lose its tax-exempt status because a priest gave a sermon criticizing the Iraq war two days before last year’s presidential election. The IRS has sent the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena a warning that the federal tax code prohibits tax-exempt organizations, including churches, from intervening in political campaigns and elections. The IRS has issued warnings to other non-profits, including the NAACP, for issuing statements deemed critical of the president.
Um, has Bush’s IRS subsidiary heard of this holy rolling snake oil salesman/political consultant named Pat Robertson? What about these religions called Baptism and Mormonism? They’re pretty fucking political. What the hell is their tax-exempt status about?
WHY is this whole fucking country the feudal property of the fucking Bush family?
According to the New York Times (May 9, 2005), terrorist Luis Posada Carriles is in Miami demanding asylum as a former employee of the CIA.
Posada was employed by the CIA from 1961-1967, in part to help overthrow Castro in Kennedy’s failed Bay of Pigs offensive. For the next forty years, Posada moved around the Americas, employed by various right-wing governments in a terrorist capacity.
Posada has been indisputably linked (as confirmed by U.S. officials) to the following terrorist activities, usually in the capacity of plotter and executioner:
- Along with Guillermo Novo, Posada was responsible for the carbomb that killed Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt in Washington D.C. in 1976.
- Posada blew a Cubana Airlines plane and 73 people out of the sky in 1976.
- Posada worked in El Salvador as a quartermaster for the Contras, the terrorist group funded by both the CIA and Oliver North of the U.S. National Security Council.
- In 1986, when the Contra operation was exposed, Posada worked an an intelligence officer for the Guatemalan regime.
- After 1990 Posada “ran a string of operatives on a series of missions to blow up Cuban people and places,” including a string of bombings at Havana’s tourist sites that killed an Italian tourist (New York Times 5/9/05: A13).
Generally, Posada has kept company with known anti-socialist Cuban terrorists, such as Novo, Gaspar Jimenez, and Pedro Ramon, all of whom have murdered people. Posada is supported by the right-wing community of Cuban emigres in Miami, as well as their high-placed allies, such as Mireya Moscoso and Jeb and George Bush.