Shame on Abu Graib prisoner abusers

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, February 04, 2005

It was good, and yet sad, to see in the Empire a couple of weeks ago the article and photo of one of the convicted Abu Graib prisoner abusers leaving the courtroom in handcuffs. Good to see some justice done, but sad to see that Spec4 patch on his uniform sleeve. I hope to see lots of stripes on those sleeves in similar photos in coming weeks and months, followed soon by some shiny metal on the collars and epaulets: bars, leaves, stars, the works. Then, if there truly is justice in this world, we'll see the perp walk performed by the Department of Defense civilian leadership, followed by Rummy himself.

Of course I'm hallucinating here, but isn't it ironic that the Senate appears to be about to confirm as attorney general one of the key expert advisers in this whole sick business? Could there ever be a news photo lineup of Alberto Gonzales with all the senators who voted to confirm him, hanging their heads in shame before a public tribunal? Would our own Sens. Murkowski and Stevens be among them?

John Dunker


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