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Bush-Cheney "Incompetence and Dishonesty is Staggering," Opines Prof. Ken Bode

November 18, 2005

ken bode crop.jpgNovember 18, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "The incompetence and dishonesty of the Bush-Cheney administration is staggering," opines Ken Bode in today's Indianapolis Star. "The sad thing is that it is taking America's reputation in the world right down with it," adds the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University.

"The Cheney-Bush position on torture is simple: 'America does not torture.' They believe that if you say it often enough, people will believe it. But the truth on torture is somewhat different," Bode, former senior political analyst for CNN, asserts. "Americans and the world will not soon forget the Abu Ghraib torture photos nor the investigative reports out of Guantanamo, nor the fact that Cheney's office opposes any language from the Geneva Conventions prohibiting torture and cruel treatment."

Vice President Dick Cheney, Dr. Bode writes, "is also lobbying furiously to be sure that the U.S. remains unbound by international agreements restricting torture. He exhorted Senate Republicans to add an exemption for the CIA to Sen. John McCain's amendment to ban torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners. You would think Cheney would have some sensitivity about confronting John McCain on the subject of torture. But you would be wrong."

The professor cites the recent Washington Post report which "revealed that the CIA has been running a secret network of prisons, hiding and interrogating suspects. Collaborating with foreign intelligence services, this amounts to what the Post called a 'hidden global internment network' in which prisoners are deprived of all rights. It comes also at a time when we learn that the government of Iraq, which we hail as a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, is allowing its police to run a secret underground prison in Baghdad. The prison is right in the basement of the Interior Ministry where 173 Sunnis were found weakened and malnourished, many beaten and tortured, some put in tubs of water and administered electric shocks. It also comes at a time when we learn from combat soldiers that in the battle of Fallujah America used white phosphorous as an attack weapon. This is normally shotDick Cheney.jpg skyward to illuminate targets in night battles. It is not technically considered a chemical weapon, but reading of its effects on civilians and soldiers, it should be."

Bode also points to evidence of graft, bribes and kickbacks in Baghdad and Kyrgyzstan, and takes issue with Vice President Cheney's recent speech blasting critics of the war, noting that he "courageously carried the administration's message to a conservative group called Frontiers of Freedom."

Read the op-ed in full at College News.org.

Ken Bode's other recent columns can be accessed here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Source: Indianapolis Star

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