DATE: 1/04/2005 01:36:00 PM
Kangaroo Court - Although they fully expect Alberto Gonzales to be confirmed as Attorney General, Senate Democrats still plan to hold a torture show during the hearings. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont said in a statement that "the upcoming hearings are a chance for some accountability and for some answers that have been lacking from the administration about its policies on torture and about the prison-abuse scandals." So expect to see pictures of naked Iraqis piled on the floor, stupid soldiers pointing at naked men and the other images we saw ad nauseum during the Abu Gharib scandal.
Leahy is a nasty man who never misses an opportunity to bash the Bush adminstation. Most recently, he used the death of 150,000 people in the tsunami disaster to criticize the Bush administration for its stinginess. Leahy has also played the role of conspiracy theorist at times, calling for an investigation of "ties" between the Bush administration and Halliburton. His latest play at attention is par for the course.
At issue is Gonzales' legal opinion that the rules of the Geneva Convention do not apply in cases of detainees in the war on terror. Contrary to what Leahy would have you believe, Gonzales did not order the abuses at Abu Gharib, nor did he call for the torture of prisoners. He simply called for new rules given the new challenges of this war. To be honest, it seems the only people hurt by the Geneva Convention are the soldiers of the United States. U.S. soldiers were tortured in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Gulf War.
I'm not saying we should torture enemy combatants who have been captured during the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, to call the relatively minor questioning methods used by the military "torture" when we're fighting an enemy that cuts off heads and blows up children seems ridiculous, even for Senator Leahy.