Wanted! Guards who don't mind torturing prisoners for fun
Okay, I did want to get this out, and I've discussed it over at Rogue Analyst
, but it revolves around using information to end Baby Bush' War. If cameras 'broadcasting' to the WWW had been in place at these prisons, the scandel would not have occurred. This type of stuff only happens in secrecy in a democracy. Transparency would put an end to it, and now they are 'discussing' a more open prison system. But, they need to move beyond that if they want to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people.
Oh, this is also directly related to this prison fiasco. This is how and where concentration camp guards are created. Americans always wonder how the Germans could have allowed the existence of concentration camps. This is how. I was listening the the Cafferty file on CNN Programs - American Morning
, and was amazed at the amount of mail excusing/justifying/rationalizing/defending the behavior of these guards. Who are these people that think electricuting a prisoner by his balls, or butt fucking prisoners with 'glow sticks' and broom handles is acceptable behavior for the US military? These are the kind of people we need to watch out for. Thay are the kind of people who live next door to concentration camps, and think whatever goes on is okay. Until they get arrested.
I made a comment over at Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal (2004): a Weblog
on the topic back on Friday, and I think I can stand by it:The Fish Rots From the Head
"You know, the only thing is, it looks like it was intended.
It could have been stopped. If command emphasis at any level above the guards had demanded fair treatment, I can assure the guards would have followed the line. Whether it was the company 1SG, the battalion commander, the Division HQ commander, just about anyone could have and many had command responsibility, at some level, to ensure their soldiers were behaving properly.
There appears to be more the result of a 'policy', written or not. And policies to not start at the bottom. There is something wrong here, and it appears to be the usual culprits. Various people working their own agenda, people becoming corrupted through power, and no leadership emphasis on mission and the good health of their soldiers.
It's a cultural problem."
And, it is in deed a cultural problem, but on Friday I was referring to the military culture, and now I'm worried about American CCulture in general, if so many people think this behavior is acceptable.