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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

It is time to invade Cuba

posted by Ron Beasley at 12/28/2004 11:55:00 AM


No not Castro, the American military base at Guantanamo Bay.
A Devil's Island for Our Times by Robert Scheer.
It is time to invade Cuba and put an end to what has become another Devil's Island in the annals of government-sanctioned torture. The barbaric treatment of political prisoners on the island is made no more palatable by being conducted in the name of an ideology that claims to be liberating the world from its shackles.

Once again, we are witnesses to the ugly truth bound up in that philosophical contradiction that the ends can justify the means: Desecrations of the human body and spirit can never be righteously justified by high-minded appeals to the needs of the masses. Fortunately, a few brave U.S. intelligence agents have managed to penetrate the security of a morally repugnant Cuban gulag and documented both the barbaric acts occurring on the island and their state-sanctioned rationalizations.

"On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food, or water," wrote an FBI agent who gained access to the prison compound. "Most times they had urinated or defecated on themselves and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more."
Yes, this is not the Brutal regime of that tyrant Castro but the work of the US military.
Even more troubling is that the FBI agents make it clear this is not the work of a few poorly supervised sadists. Their reports refer to what they described as a new � and very much secret � executive order on prisoner treatment by the president at the top of the camp's chain of command, which allowed for severe interrogation tactics, including "sleep deprivation and stress positions" combined with "loud music, interrogators yelling at subjects and prisoners with hoods on their heads."
I was a member of the US military intelligence community from 1968 through 1971. One of the first things we learned was that when you torture people you learn what you want to hear but you don't learn the truth. This behavior only points out the gulag mentality of the democratically elected tyrants in charge. And to think they were reelected on "moral values". This does not represent the moral values of a modern society but the moral values of the Spanish Inquisition. Oh, that's right, I forgot that 50+ percent of the US population actually does want to return to the 16th century. Well it looks like you have gotten your wish.
Jeff at Red Hair & Black Leather tells us why Bush and company may have a reason to invade Cuba. Hint; one word that starts with an "O".