Monday, June 14, 2004


Looks like another grim week for the administration, with no dead presidents to distract the public. Though the Bush team feigned ignorance of the torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib and claimed the scandal was merely due to a few bad apples, it turns out that military investigators reported the abuse to superiors as early as November. Meanwhile, even higher up the ladder, it seems that White House officials have turned against Dick Cheney for his camp's support of such illegal and immoral treatment of prisoners as "water-boarding" and "mock burials." As if that weren't bad enough, one British newspaper has warned us that "new evidence that the physical abuse of detainees in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay was authorised at the top of the Bush administration will emerge in Washington this week." and the Washington Post tells us about a memo from August 2002 in which the Justice Department advised the President (sic) that TORTURE "MAY BE JUSTIFIED."

And it seems that while in Rome Bush pleaded with the Pope for a campaign boost from American archbishops, despite His Holiness's apparent consideration of the possibility that Bush is the antichrist.

All this (except for that last one) came out over the weekend, and it's only Monday morning.

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