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The Brute Factory

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As a sop, maybe a couple more Lyndie Englands will go to jail, even though at the very least one hundred and eight people are known to have been tortured to death on orders that came right from the top in the Bush Administration (Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Rice, Bybee, Yoo"). How many homicide charges have been laid? Americans who put to death Japanese and Germans for 'just following orders' (and in the case of some Japanese, the crime was waterboarding), now cite it as a legitimate defense while excusing those who gave the orders in the first place. If hypocrisy could kill, Washington would be a ghost town, and the world would be a better place.

And meanwhile there are reports that Guantanamo guards are still crazy with sadistic violence in anticipation of its closing (an event upon which I would not take bets). There still exists an unknown number of 'black' sites at undisclosed locations, where conditions might be even worse. Red Cross not welcome. Bagram prison in Afghanistan is being expanded, its hopeless inhabitants still denied all human rights under Mr. Obama, who asserts that many prisoners will never be tried or released. Thousands of children remain imprisoned. Meanwhile any suggestion that inmates be moved to US soil is met with the most hysterical shrieks of protest by residents, terrified out of their dim little wits of 'terrorists' who are mostly innocent kidnap victims, bought for ransom by a shameless US government, the successor to which would rather see them die in captivity than admit its predecessor's criminal mistakes.

It's very difficult to watch President Obama talk of America's greatness with a straight face in the midst of such moral degeneracy even as the banksters steal and he caves in to AIPEC, Big Pharma and Big Insurance, and once again the American people get sold out with barely a whimper. Even as America goes bankrupt, there are always calls for more military, more bases, more guns. Less butter.

When it comes to America, perhaps it's not just the military who are comprised of 'dumb stupid animals'. Kissinger must be laughing his ass off. Cheney too. Welcome to the brute factory. It's a veritable slaughterhouse.

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