Letter From a Small Fry Terrorist

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					Letter From a Small Fry Terrorist
Terry J Allen
In These Times; Jun 2009; 33, 6; Docstoc
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Description: I do NOT refuse, knowing you will grant me absolution if I clean my breast of my just, but perhaps overzeabus, deeds. You said immunity should be done "very, very carefully, only after consultation with the Department of Justice" Without a Truth Commission, you note, getting to the bottom of things might take 20 years, "and we'd probably end up with all the small fries"How gracious the commission will be if Abu Ghraib interrogators go free, despite an autopsy on Manadel al-Jamadi that ruled his death a homicide from "blunt force injuries" and "compromised respiration" Your president is willing to let bygones be bygones for the actual torturers, since they, like me, were only following orders- a phrase he sagely avoided.I will accept the same immunity your ? fon may grant to those who waterboarded one prisoner 183 times in a month; to psychologist James Mitchell, who laid the intellectual justi- fication for torture, reportedly telling a CIA official that ter- rorists "would confess for only one reason: sheer terror" (while U.S. officials will confess freely for immunity!); and to officiah who approved or advocated torture- George J. Tenet, John McLaughlin, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, Dick Cheney (who once rudely advhedyou do impossible act upon your esteemed person), George Bush, John Ashcroft, [Donald Rumsfeld], and Republican and Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi, Peter Goss, Bob Graham, and Richard Shelby.
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