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?