Wednesday, December 15, 2004

I wrote you, "I thought your assessment of the Abu Ghraib, "In itself, it was the stuff of hell night a Phi Kappa Sigma when I lived across the quad from their house at Dickinson." was the result of the media successful
underplaying the torture scandal."

You wrote, "No, it wasn't. That was a cheap shot, but I allowed you to make it. The revelations at Abu Ghraib came out piecemeal."

You refuse to see the point. You and the media are the ones that mischaracterized what happened at Abu Ghraib and you are the ones responsible for the revelations coming out piecemeal. The Taguba Report which was available at the time you were writing "it was the stuff of hell night a Phi Kappa Sigma" and the mainstream media was playing the same game.
The first day the news hit I was able to find the Taguba report online.
It detailed things like:

"Forcing detainees to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a time"

"Positioning a naked detainee on a MRE Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to his fingers, toes, and penis to simulate electric torture"

"Using military working dogs (without muzzles) to intimidate and frighten detainees, and in at least one case biting and severely injuring a detainee"

"Threatening male detainees with rape"

"Allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell"

"Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick."

You wrote "I was addressing the moment in time." But the point is the Taguba Report was available when you were "addressing the moment" and downplaying what happened.

Not wanting to get into the details I just laid out (I wanted to get back to it later) so I wrote you, "I want to focus on the topic of 9/11 motives and put the other points off to the side for now."

You replied like an asshole with "How convenient."

See that Doug? You are the one with the problem. It is a bit much the way you play it like you are some kind of reasonable person on your blog. You don't want to be reasoned with and you like to play this game of jumping to say you have been offended.

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