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Thursday, May 06, 2004

"HEEEEERRE'S RUMMY!"

Sure, Donny is gonna testify tomorrow, in what might amount to an audition to keep his job. But in the meantime, some Senators have finally found a different fall guy in the scandal involving abuse, torture, rape and murder at Abu Ghraib prison.

It's the building.
A bipartisan group of senators is urging the Pentagon to demolish the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in order to exorcise a symbol of both Saddam Hussein's torture chambers and an embarrassing episode for the U.S. military.

The Baghdad prison is the focus of a controversy over treatment of Iraqi prisoners by their U.S. captors.

"I think we ought to raze that prison," Senate Intelligence Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, told reporters Wednesday evening after his panel heard testimony from CIA and Defense Department officials about physical and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

"I think we ought to take it down -- take the damn thing down," said Roberts, who also serves on the Armed Services Committee.

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, who first floated the proposal of tearing down the prison to colleagues this week, told CNN that he believes such a move would send a strong signal to the international community that America is ready to "put it all behind us" and begin the healing process.

"We have to send a message here to the world," said Nelson, who said he has received positive feedback from several colleagues on the Armed Services panel.

Nelson said he is in the process of asking the Pentagon whether it has the authority -- and interest -- in destroying the facility on its own. If the Pentagon does not act unilaterally, Nelson added, he is prepared to introduce an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would instruct the military to destroy the prison.
TFM has obtained an exclusive photo of the main hall at Abu Ghraib prison. Maaaan, that place does some weird stuff to your head.

In all seriousness, what are we, stupid? The prison workers were good Americans and Brits, but the aura of Saddam Hussein, via the building, overtook them and caused them to take leave of the moral high-ground, their own good sense, and the Geneva Convention? That's a pretty low bar for our troops.

Then again, all work and no pointing at dicks leaves Jack a dull boy!

One last thing: Does this mean that when Saddam's men were working at the prison, with torture, rape rooms, and soon, were they "blowing off steam", too?

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