US General Accuses Bush Administration of War Crimes

June 19th, 2008 - by admin

Matt Renner and Maya Schenwar / t r u t h o u t – 2008-06-19 23:05:06

(18 June 2008) — Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (now retired) served as the deputy commanding general for support for the Third Army for ten months in Kuwait during the early days of the Iraq occupation. In a statement released today, he bluntly accuses the Bush administration of war crimes and lays down a challenge for prosecution.

In 2004, Taguba released a classified report detailing abuses committed at Abu Ghraib Prison. The “Taguba Report” (executive summary) urged Pentagon officials to follow up on its findings by enforcing adherence to the Geneva Conventions in interrogations.

Taguba retired in January 2007, later alleging that Pentagon officials had ordered him to retire for being “overzealous” in his criticisms of the military.

In light of ongoing Congressional investigations into so-called harsh interrogation techniques, and on the heels of Congressman Dennis Kucinich recently issuing articles of impeachment accusing President Bush of, among other offenses, authorizing torture, we present Taguba’s latest statement for your consideration.

The full Physicians for Human Rights report outlining the medical evidence of torture perpetrated by the United States can be read at their website.

Preface to Broken Laws, Broken Lives
Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, USA (Retired)

Maj. Gen. Taguba led the US Army’s official investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal and testified before Congress on his findings in May 2004.

This report tells the largely untold human story of what happened to detainees in our custody when the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individuals’ lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors.

The profiles of these eleven former detainees, none of whom were ever charged with a crime or told why they were detained, are tragic and brutal rebuttals to those who claim that torture is ever justified. Through the experiences of these men in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, we can see the full scope of the damage this illegal and unsound policy has inflicted – both on America’s institutions and our nation’s founding values, which the military, intelligence services, and our justice system are duty-bound to defend.

In order for these individuals to suffer the wanton cruelty to which they were subjected, a government policy was promulgated to the field whereby the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice were disregarded. The UN Convention Against Torture was indiscriminately ignored. And the healing professions, including physicians and psychologists, became complicit in the willful infliction of harm against those the Hippocratic Oath demands they protect.

After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.

The former detainees in this report – each of whom is fighting a lonely and difficult battle to rebuild his life – require reparations for what they endured, comprehensive psycho-social and medical assistance, and even an official apology from our government.

But most of all, these men deserve justice as required under the tenets of international law and the United States Constitution.

And so do the American people.
Matt Renner is an editor and Washington reporter for Truthout. Maya Schenwar is an editor and reporter for Truthout.

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Thu, 06/19/2008 – 14:07 — David L DeGeorge Sr (not verified)
Why I would voite for impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney The President and Vice President have acted with unprecedented abandon for the U. S. Constitution and the basic principles of International Law by provoking and executing an attack on the sovereign nation of Iraq without due cause. The resulting loss of lives, torture and maiming of innocent civilians constitute unjustifiable violation of the Geneva Convention and human rights. Using unsubstantiated premises of weapons of mass destruction, connection to known terrorists groups, and other unsubstantiated imminent dangers to the U. S. and/or U. S. interests,and ignoring all reports to the contrary, carried out a campaign of death and destruction throughout Iraq. If this does not constitute a basis for articles of impeachment, then we shall likely never find a more egregious reason for impeachment of any person under the U. S. Constitution, and we shall have failed in our responsibility, as a people, to uphold the virtues that our forefathers long ago established for our government.
These indictments (all

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 13:58 — Lionel (not verified)
These indictments (all true!) are only the tip of the iceberg, the main mass of which is the treasonous betrayal of America after the 911 attacks on the part of the Bush Administration. The professional suicide commando attack on that date was a carefully coordinated military operation with plenty personnel supporting it. Some of the self confessed operatives were Omar al Bayoumi, Osama Basnan, and Haifa Bandar. There were, of course, many others; all of whom were allowed to leave the country unmolested. Most left quickly, but the above persons (search those names) left only when they felt like it. In the case of Bandar, who gave the terrorists $120,000.00 in financial support, she stayed in the US for years after the fact. Not only that, but as the wife of the Saudi ambassador, she was present at many a White House function during that time!
They Live, We sleep “They

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 13:50 — Radline9 (not verified)
They Live, We sleep “They use their tongues to deceive. The venom of snakes is under their lips. Their mouths are full of bitterness and curses and in their paths nothing but ruin and misery and the fear of God is not before their eyes! They have taken the hearts and minds of our leaders. They have recruited the rich and the powerful and they have blinded us to the truth. Our human spirit is corrupted! Why do we worship greed!? Because outside the limit of our sight, feeding off us; perched on top of us from birth to death are our owners, our owners, they have us, they control us, they are our masters! Wake up! They are all about you, all around you!” From the blind street preacher in “They Live” by John Carpenter

Dont impeach… Send ALL to
Thu, 06/19/2008 – 13:50 — TS (not verified)

Dont impeach… Send ALL to The Hague. We will see if the press will cover that event. TS
Thank you General Taguba for

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 13:41 — Michael (not verified)
Thank you General Taguba for standing on principle. You are one voice that critically matters in what has happened these past 7 years. And there are other voices of integrity that have yet to speak out. Word to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
My letter to Pelosi, copied

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 12:18 — Timothy Meadows (not verified)
My letter to Pelosi, copied to Conyers, Kucinich, Clinton, Obama, Wexler and my local rep’s: Antonio Taguba wrote yesterday “After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.” War crimes, Ms. Pelosi. And it appears to me that you are an accessory to these crimes by blocking the criminal investigation and impeachment of Bush and Cheney. Do the right thing, at long last, and let history judge that you FINALLY acted responsibly. You are making me ashamed to be a Democrat.

I also shall NOT vote for

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 12:15 — Anonymous (not verified)
I also shall NOT vote for any one who doesn’t suppost Kucinich. This is past a joke – it is a national tragedy. I often wondered how hundreds of thusands of German citizens stood by while Hitler constructed his hekk on earth. Now I know.
Bush. Cheney, and Rumsfeld

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 09:57 — Anonymous (not verified)
Bush. Cheney, and Rumsfeld must be accountable. Either impeached now or brought totrial after the election. And McCain (“McBush”) must not be allowed to run Bush’s third term.
Bush/Cheney’s intent is now

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 09:05 — Anonymous (not verified)
Bush/Cheney’s intent is now blatantly evident. Day by day the overall agenda of the Bush/Cheney administration pictures out with clarity. Beginning in 1992, at the end of the G.H.W. Bush administration, Dick Cheney, then Secretary of Defense, drafted the Defense Planning Guidance Plan (DPG)which, over time through to 1997, and with the a large cadre of prominent members of that administration–names we all know in the present–(William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Lewis Libby, Jeb Bush, Zalmay Khalilzad, Donald, Fred and Robert Kagan, Mark Lagon, Gary Schmitt, Abram Shulsky and many more, a raft of military officers, and Northrop Grumman Corp and other industrialists,) became the committee creating the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). It was/ is blueprint for what has become the George W. Bush administration. By September of 2000, it became the reformulated RAD (Rebuilding America’s Defenses guidance document for the incoming administration, a declaration of world military supremacy and control, beginning in Iraq–“change of regime.” But, it said, it would be difficult to implement with the public, it “would take another Pearl Harbor. . .” Read on. . .a must—to understand. Fast forward to 2008, by way of 9/11, a tragedy never forensically investigated–a crime scene closed to exposure ( even the two chairs of the 9/11 Commission are calling for a new investigation because of information and material that was withheld from the committee.) . And then there was the manufactured and deceptive intelligence propaganda selling WMD terror( we have just learned about by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report and also McClellan’s book disclosure) and the ‘shock and awe” firebombing to plunge us into an ‘planned’ unnecessary and immoral war. Never mind the hundreds of violations and actions that undermine the Constitution, emasculate the balance of powers foundation of constitutional government, the hundreds of signing agreements and Executive Orders that egregiously reveals Bush’s contempt of the Law and his declaration of his”decider” imperial power, the usurpation of power and presidential privilege, a regime memorialized by its penchant for secrecy, and the largest debt in history–sinking the economy and the value of the dollar. Just go to the current revelations that show the extraordinary permanent building projects all over Iraq, the largest most luxurious embassy in the world at a cost (not yet finished) of over a $billion, 30 bases and pushing for 58 permanent bases in Iraq alone, pushing the a Maliki government for an agreement that grants immunity INDEFINITELY to not only military personnel, but private mercenary and other contractors of whatever nature, grants U.S. control of air space up to 30,000 ft–in other words—all the essentials for a permanent occupation.Bush, at its inception said it would last for generations—how did he know? McCain inadvertently said 100 years. (IT IS THE PLAN) The Iraqi ministers are complaining to the U.S. Congress, “It would impair Iraq sovereignty,” said Ali al Adeeb.They don’t want the occupation to continue. And where is ‘what’s his name. . . oh yes, Osama. . .Bush says now, ‘oh, he’s not important.” He never was. He was a U.S. asset remember–fighting with the CIA and Afghanistan against Russia. Here is the visual—the evidence in black and white–the plan. The War was not about Saddam, or terrorism, or democracy (their sovereignty) it was about expansion of hegemonic control–a permanent foothold in the Middle East—you got it—to protect our interests—black gold–rivers of it running through pipes across the rugged mtns from the Caspian Sea. And the cost–the published amount—$12 billion a month. Upwards of over $2 trillion in the short term—what is long term? And according to the GAO military accounting when first we began supplying money–there was over one $trillion ‘unaccounted for in the Defense Budget. How can you lose a $trillion? Our national debt is now stretching $10 trillion with the economy in peril. The cost in human life—let me count the hundreds of thousands, including over 4000 of our soldiers killed,unnumbered wounded, 25% of our troops returning home with serious mental wounds medicine will not cure, shocking hundreds of soldier- suicides a year, and the maiming continues, estimated 4 million Iraqi exiled—to raise questions of United State’s integrity into the future. Connect the dots, it makes quite a picture of intent, most of which are impeachable offenses. The witnesses are gathering with speed. Add your own to the long list and lets get on with the business of cleansing this government—NOW. Our Washington representatives need to be held accountable for their lack of accountability in doing their job. What vested interest keeps them from keeping their Oaths of Office? And where is this REAL issue of Impeachment and integrity of government talked about in the current campaign? Have you read that McCain is a ‘signatory’ on the PNAC project–which truly makes him a Bush clone; a third term–indeed, but devastatingly so. I don’t know where Obama sits, as a Senator–will he Impeach? Anyone asking THE question? How about rescuing one or two of the other candidates—who WILL talk about the real issues. The Republic hangs by a thread, we are in a Constitutional Crisis —no one seems to hear the alarms clanging. Wake UP America–this is a perfect storm raging!!! The many Rivers are rising?
Thank you, General Taguba.

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 06:06 — Jean Mumma (not verified)
Thank you, General Taguba. I do wish your statement had been published long ago. Regarding impeachment, has everyone considered the fact that Nancy Pelosi would become president if we ridded ourselves of Bush and Cheney via impeachment? Undoubtedly she would be a good choice for the office, but wouldn’t that make the whole procedure impossible?
Impeach the Pair!

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 05:31 — Jay Moor (not verified)
Impeach the Pair!
“This Constitution, and the

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 04:06 — Anonymous (not verified)
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land” “The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;–to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;–to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;–to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;……., and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects”
Enough of our citizens have

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 03:57 — Anonymous (not verified)
Enough of our citizens have to unite in this cause to hook the media in and the exposure will lure our elected officials to snag the guilty as a way to cleanse their guilt and complicity… This the th real world citizens.
To know our “national

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 03:37 — Anonymous (not verified)
To know our “national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from [this administration].” To understand that any act against the dignity of a single human being is indeed an act of indignity perpetrated against all humanity. To have men of honor provide testimony unequivocally establishing the record of such acts, and to do nothing! Is to become not only complicit in the crime, but to inherit the mantle of shame and partake of its immorality. Where are the few good men who remember their oath to defend our constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic?
There are many men and

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 03:37 — David H (not verified)
There are many men and women of honor in the military who feel the same way as General Taguba. We must give thanks to him for speaking out in his own name, and in theirs. It is not too much to hope that one day our military leaders will proclaim that torture is incompatible not only with the rule of law and with democracy, but with the highest traditions of military service. Impossible? No: This is exactly what has happened in Chile, although it took some fifteen years after the end of the Pinochet dictatorship. And it appears to be happening in Argentina, another country with a history of “dirty war.” The justification of torture as a means to get information is a lie, but that doesn’t mean torture is ineffective. The real purpose of torture is terror. It’s aim is to break the will not only of the individual who is tortured, but of everyone who fears that they may suffer the same fate. But torture does not only break people’s will: It also produces resistance and hatred and moral revulsion. In the long run we can hope that the moral side wins. Torture also deforms the torturers. Most of the GIs who were put in this position were not sadists or bad people, but they had to become warped in order to carry it out. The process of recovery for a society that has practiced and suffered systematic torture as a policy can take decades. Reports like Gen Taguba’s should be followed by Truth Commissions, to make everything public. If we’re lucky, prosecution may follow. D.
Where are the voices of our

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 03:27 — topview (not verified)
Where are the voices of our elected officials that we duly elected to represent us. They know that Bush and Cheney are going to bomb Iran and/or let Israel do it and then jump in and slaughter thousands of innocent lives again. I know I’m going to vote out my reps if they don’t back Kucinich articles of impeachment. For one, it is there job to uphold the constitution and they are not doing it. So they are just as responsible as the other bastards, especially Pelosi.
I agree with Mr. Spero an

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 03:23 — JackonFire (not verified)
I agree with Mr. Spero an Anon. I must add, however, that there is a deep tendency in the U.S. that has been here for a good long time, only now it is festering. Some call it the “chicken hawk” phenomenon, but it is really a cowardice running from top to bottom in our culture. Our representatives and too many of us are power whores in tough-guy clothing: sissy-bullies. We do not hesitate to kick the defenseless in the teeth when they are down. We kid ourselves that there is something courageous about siding with an illegitimate bully and we flatter ourselves that these monsters, supported by an army of lawyers, need our defense. Bravo Gen. Taguba (ret.), Bravo Dennis Kucinich, and Bravo all real people of real integrity!!
As one who is still proud to

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 03:17 — Carl Forsberg (not verified)
As one who is still proud to be called an American citizen, I appeal to all decent, God fear people in this great country and all members of the Congress and the Senate of the United States Government – to look long and hard at what has become the legacy fear and war crimes brought upon us and the shame that we now must endure because of what this present administration has done in our name. If these crimes of rape and torture and murder are allowed to go unpunished, we will destroy all respect and dignity that this once great nation has held in the eyes of the world. We also will destroy the very meaning of the American Constitution that our Fathers and Forefathers fought and died for. Those who are to blame for the policies that have made these crimes possible must simply be held accountable for their actions. That is what impeachment is all about. And if further charges can be made to acknowledge the wrongs that have been committed, then let it be done. To do nothing in this regard makes us, as ordinary citizen, guilty of complicity in these crimes that have taken place.
This is just the latest

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 03:06 — Anonymous (not verified)
This is just the latest disclosure in a pattern of war crimes, including torture, that leads straight to the door of the Oval Office. It’s like a criminal case where the evidence exists from many irrefutable sources, and it’s all in plain sight. Now what’s needed is a Congress with the spine to uphold the Constitution and impeach or criminally prosecute those who so damaged our country. Belva Ann
And if they can’t be

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 03:05 — Anonymous (not verified)
And if they can’t be impeached before they are out of office, bring criminal charges against themwhen they are out of office. If George Bush retires without facing charges for his crimes, it will prove that this country has two sets of standards of conduct — one for the wealthy and one for the rest of us.
Impeachment is certainly

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:58 — Rob Riley (not verified)
Impeachment is certainly justified. But it’s not going to happen, and indeed it may be better so. Were Bush and Cheney to be impeached, that’s as far as it would go- they’d lose their jobs and nothing more, which is way too lenient. What needs to happen is for them to be tried by an international war-crimes tribunal- after they have left office- and imprisoned like any other murdering thugs.
How do you impeach a

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:55 — J. Magner (not verified)
How do you impeach a President that was never elected? Bush, Cheney,and all complacent members of Congress should be arrested and charged with Treason. Perhaps an international war crimes tribunal should take the matter under consideration as was done with the Nazis and the Bosnians
it is clear to anyone with a

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:54 — Anonymous (not verified)
it is clear to anyone with a brain and a willingness to accept the truth that the bush administration has broken law after law after law. the united states government has lost all legitimacy. the executive branch did so by it’s actions. the legislative branch did so by not holding the executive branch accountable for it’s illegal actions. the judicial branch did so by appointing a president. the following familiar words come to mind: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Nancy what’s stopping you?

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:52 — Nancy Oatway (not verified)
Nancy what’s stopping you? You are not behaving in a manner worthy of the title Speaker of the House. The title was given to you by the people who voted in 2006 and by the USConstitution by not acting getting Congers to bring the Impeachments out of committee you betray both the voters and the law of our land. You behave as if the media and the war profiteers are in charge. Please use your power. Your place in history is waiting. God Bless you and thank you in advance.
I’m so tired of hearing

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:46 — Anonymous (not verified)
I’m so tired of hearing about impeaching the president. Big deal. They’ll still be able to enjoy their sorry lives sitting on a bunch of blood money. Bush and all his cronies/accomplices need to spend the rest of their lives in a maximum security prison. Unless you need to impeach before you can imprison, then fine impeach the bastards.
Impeachment is the way to

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:46 — Bikerdude (not verified)
Impeachment is the way to make this failed administration accountable. I believe it is vitally important for us to preserve our reputation in the world and to send a signal to other politicians that this conduct will not be tolerated by the citizens of the United States.
I agree wholeheartedly

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:45 — windoman (not verified)
I agree wholeheartedly that Bush and Cheney should be impeached and tried for war crimes. I had an opportunity to see the movie”Taxi To the Darkside”. I recommend it to everyone to learn of the atrocities perpetrated by our government in the name of “security”. This war will continue as long as Washington is given the green light by not punishing the real criminals . I also think it unethical that many congressmen and women and others who hold high office are allowed to profit from the war through investments in military contractors.
America is a filthy

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:44 — Anonymous (not verified)
America is a filthy deadbeat. It failed to pay promised reparations to North Vietnam. America is nothing but a bunch of crooks, suckers, and lazy cowards. “Land of the Slaves. Home to the Cowards” It thought it could enjoy a simple lynching and it got a war instead.
thank you for your

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:37 — Anonymous (not verified)
thank you for your courage. Impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney. How dare they have committed these atrocities in our country’s good name and gotten away with it. Do they think a flag pin in their lapels will do it?
Express yourself to someone

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:25 — Anonymous (not verified)
Express yourself to someone that can DO SOMETHING about impeaching Bush, Rep. John Conyers. Call his office and tell him that he MUST uphold his oath to protect the Constitution and follow the path towards impeachment. Pelosi, Dean, and Conyers do not have the authority to say that “impeachment is off the table.” It is never, ever, EVER off the table. Here’s Conyers’ contact info. Call his office. Write him a letter and send it in the mail. Tell him in clear terms what you want. Address and phone number… Congressman John Conyers 2426 Rayburn Building Washington, DC 20515 202-225-5126
If the leaders of this

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:23 — Michael Butler (not verified)
If the leaders of this administration are not brought to account we Americans will suffer. Not only throughout the rest of the world but also internally will our reputation be tarnished. We will never know peace until justice has been heard.
We must go beyond

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:22 — Hollis Wood (not verified)
We must go beyond impeachment to prosecution and conviction. In some countries these crimes would merit public execution. I agree that members of Congress and the Senate are remaining silent because they perceive that they too can be condemned as complicit, much as the high Nazi leadership went along for the ride; to enrich themselves, and grab as much power as they could. It’s simply inexcusable.I commend the courageous Kucinich and Conyers (and Cynthia McKinney, who was forced out.). Too bad there aren’t more like them. The problem is, that as soon as Bush leaves office, and becomes liable to prosecution, he’s going to make a run for the big rancho he bought last year in Paraguay. We have to get him before he gets away.
It’s all OK. Bush and Cheney

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:15 — Anonymous (not verified)
It’s all OK. Bush and Cheney wear flag pins. Isn’t that enough?
How did the American

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:08 — George Flynn (not verified)
How did the American people ever elect the affable ass, George Bush? He is the surrogate for Dick Cheney, who is the surrogate for Halliburton. What ever the status of Cheney’s “blind trust,” what is the value of his holdings now compared with they value when he first took office. And what about that energy conference attended by high-level, but unnamed, oil experts, including the fabled Ken “Kenny-boy” Lay? I hope we can someday close t his grim chapter of American history, but it won’t be in my lifetime. –George
This country MUSTrecognize

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:08 — Anonymous (not verified)
This country MUSTrecognize and apologize for allowing the leaders of our Nation to perpetrate illegal offenses against so many innocent people. We must pay for all the damage that we have to done to all parties, so that we can begin again, rememberingthe intention that was set by our Forefathers not that long ago. The cost of using 9/11 as the reason we were justified in satisfying “revenge” will throw many generations to come into slavery. Ours included. War must NEVER be an option. IMPEACH THE PERPETRAYORS!
The whole country is

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 02:06 — Anonymous (not verified)
The whole country is dishonored by these socalled leaders. What is worse is the silence of our lawmakers and the population at large. Shame on them and us.
great. but like so many

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 01:55 — Anonymous (not verified)
great. but like so many other dedicated servants of the system, why did it take so long for these comments? doesnt anyone have any backbone?
It is testimony like this

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 01:40 — Anonymousdeathbymagoomba (not verified)
It is testimony like this that will eventually bring down forever the fascist thinking that has allowed the bush regime such abused power. I KNOW that the madmen of this regime WILL NOT relinquish their grab peacefully. JUST LIKE the fall of the Soviet bloc in ’91, the pigs will pursue power to the very END. It is all they can grasp, and they laugh at the rest of us who still have minds and hearts. These communists were undone by their own military! YES, I have COMPLETE TRUST in OUR military forces. I KNOW how hard they work, and the sacrifices they make. THEY will decide in the end. These are our sons and daughters speaking. It will not be long at all before the entrenched PIGS of our nation attempt to ruin all. Their demand to KILL their loving parents will be met with some dischord and disbelief by our conscripted young, but the comprehension WILL come thru. YES, the cannons will be turned around, and the hideous war pigs removed. The people who are willing to fight for freedom may or may not have much to lose, BUT they experience FIRST HAND what it means to have NO FREEDOM. I KNOW from the bottom of my soul, that THEY WILL DO THE RIGHT THING, regardless of their supposed leadership! THANK YOU General Tabuga, and THANK YOU every one of you who serves and wants to serve our country. I KNOW that you CAN have a good life here, and are NOT ALONE in our democracy! TRUTH OUT.
Unless I am missing a hugh

Thu, 06/19/2008 – 01:40 — Anonymous (not verified)
Unless I am missing a hugh part of this story all we have here is an unsubstanciated headline. I would be among the first to want to see the current administration impeaches and prosecuted for high crimes, but the article seems to fall short of substance—did i miss the meat and potatoes of this article

I commend General Taguba for
Thu, 06/19/2008 – 00:59 — David Spero (not verified)
I commend General Taguba for his words and courage in speaking them. But I ask: where are all the other voices that should be accompanying his? Where the hell is Diane Feinstein, whose husband has made a killing (excuse the pun) on this war, and Hillary Clinton, who still wants to “bomb Iran off the face of the planet?” I think we need a giant tribunal where EVERY member in our Senate and Congress is held to account for remaining deliberately silent while Bush performed war crimes against human beings. Why is the General not receiving rallying support from all levels of the military, from Congresspersons and Senators? The reality is that many of our government leaders are anti-Arab, anti-Islamic bigots who could care less about the lives of U.S. soldiers and/or those that are being tortured, raped and massacred by U.S. soldiers.

George W. Bush and Richard
Thu, 06/19/2008 – 00:55 — Anonymous (not verified)
George W. Bush and Richard Cheney Must be IMPEACHED. The Kucinich resolution for Impeachment must be brought out of committee by Mr. Conyers and brought to the floor of the House of Representatives immediately. If this is not done, the United States of America will be permanently diminished and ultimately destroyed as a Democracy