Saturday, August 07, 2004

Where is Congress?

Digby at Hullabaloo offers this from the Seattle Post Intelligencer:

Recently declassified documents in a Seattle federal court describe the extreme isolation of an alleged al-Qaida member at a U.S. military prison that experts say constitutes torture and war crimes.
The documents, unsealed yesterday at the request of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and others, include U.S. Navy lawyer Charles Swift's firsthand observation at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison of the conditions of solitary confinement of his client, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a 34-year-old Yemeni who acknowledges chauffeuring Osama bin Laden at his Afghan farm.
The court documents describing the alleged mistreatment of Hamdan are part of a lawsuit challenging his detention, the conditions of detention and his prolonged isolation in solitary confinement.
[...]
In 2001, as U.S. forces were fighting in Afghanistan, Hamdan says Afghan fighters captured him, hogtied him with electrical wire and sold him to American forces for $5,000. Once in U.S. custody, Hamdan maintains that American officials in Afghanistan:
Beat him with fists and feet.
Forced him to sit motionless on benches for days.
Dressed him only in overalls in subfreezing temperatures.
Showed him a gun and threaten him with death, torture and imprisonment.
After six months, he was flown to Guantanamo. There, his life got worse.

I suppose I am naive, but to me, it would seem that Bush could stop this, if he wanted to. Republicans in Congress could stop this, if they wanted to. But they don't, so I guess they don't want to. I don't want to assume that they are evil, but what other conclusion can I draw?

I suppose I want to know how anyone could, in good conscience, vote to keep this party in power. Do they honestly believe that Democrats are worse? Or do they simply not care?