Maybe because he is a real veteran and not a daddy-git-me-in-the-Texas-Air-Guard over-privileged draft dodger. Maybe because he served his time in the military instead of being AWOL to work on his father's senatorial campaign. Maybe because he was a POW during the last major U.S. ruling class imperial action. Whatever it is, John McCain has amended a bill to end the policy of torture that has gone unabated since this administration began. The coward in chief has threatened to veto it. Guess McCain doesn't understand the Culture of Torture the neocons have worked so hard to bring us.
Bush, Inc. has big plans for New Orleans. Aside from lucrative no-bid contracts to Cheney's favorite ex-employer, HUD secretary Alphonso Jackson made some recent statements that all but confirm the reactionary right's dream of a color-free New Orleans. Jesse Jackson talks about this in Eased Out Of The Big Easy.
Evidence that the U.S. ruling class policy of torturing detainees in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, and elsewhere has its roots in the cruel and racist U.S. prison system is fairly indisputable. Just how cruel the U.S. prison system manifests itself isn't often headline news in the reactionary corporate press.
After abandoning Gulf Coast prisoners to their fate during Katrina, many of whom survived a harrowing ordeal unthinkable to most, the face of abuse peeks through yet again. Transfered to Jena Correctional Facility, surviving inmates have been subjected to brutal beatings and other detestable treatment. The Human Rights Watch Articles above are accounts of their plight.
We've all heard the ghastly story of the site that trades porn for photos of mutilated bodies of Iraqis butchered in the ongoing occupation. Being a veteran myself I know what kind of people they let in the service. So while it didn't surprise me it did make me somewhat sad. Author John Chuckman deals with the latest Bush administration scandal. War Porn: What the Gruesome Images Say