Monday, May 01, 2006

Restoring Minnesota Values

Nov. 13, 2005
BAGHDAD -- U.S. soldiers found 173 incarcerated men, some of them emaciated and showing signs of torture, in a secret bunker in an Interior Ministry compound in central Baghdad. The soldiers immediately transferred the men to a separate detention facility to protect them from further abuse, the U.S. military reported.

Since then, there have been at least six joint U.S.-Iraqi inspections of detention centers, most of them run by Iraq's Shiite Muslim-dominated Interior Ministry. Two sources involved with the inspections, one Iraqi official and one U.S. official, said abuse of prisoners was found at all the sites visited through February. U.S. military authorities confirmed that signs of severe abuse were observed at two of the detention centers.

November 25, 2005
John Kline and Mark Kennedy return from their Iraq visit. This is the third trip for Kline. Both reported that the U.S. military strategy in Iraq is effective:

"We began our visit to Iraq with a briefing from General George Casey, Commander of Military Operations in Iraq, at his office in the Al Faw Palace in Camp Victory, near Baghdad. I told him that since I was briefed by him in that same office in August, 2004, dramatic progress had been made."
WTF@!? Thier report sounds more like a day trip to Disneyland. Neither Kline nor Kennedy did any looking behind the curtain. There never has been nor should there be an American policy regarding the freedom to torture. Where did these guys go and what/who did they see? Apparently it was for show with no real substance or reality.

November 6, 2006
Vote to take back our country, our flag, our dollars and establish real American values like freedom from torture.

2389 Americans have given their lives in Iraq to keep this promise.

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