Howie says it was a "a few bad apples," and that there could never be approval from above for prisoner abuse (torture). But in the aftermath of the McCain amendment to a Pentagon spending bill that would explicitly outlaw "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" of prisoners in U.S. custody, the White House is looking for an exemption for the CIA.
Translation: It wants the CIA to legally be able to torture prisoners.
The White House proposal
states that the legislation approved by the U.S. Senate shall not apply to counterterrorism operations abroad or to operations conducted by "an element of the United States government" other than the Defense Department, the [Washington Post] reported, citing two unidentified sources.
This on the same day we see this story:
Autopsy reports on 44 prisoners who died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan indicate that 21 were the victims of homicide, including eight who appear to have been fatally abused by their captors, the American Civil Liberties Union reported Monday.
Howie will be upset with me because I am "picking on America" and not showing pictures of mercenaries being beheaded or hung from lampposts. Howie says I have "balls" for looking at US misdeeds and ignoring terrorists (as if). I am not picking on America, Howie, because America is not behind these things. America is not in favor of torture. This is the work of the Bush administration, and the neo-con overlords of the Project for a New American Century.
I want my country back from the Project for a New American Century. These anti-American thugs have perverted everything good about America.