The Bush administration is feigning shock and disgust over the revelations of systematic torture of Iraqi prisoners. But there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the White House was fully aware that such crimes were being committed and by whom. Not only that, they continually took steps to cover their own butts should the matter ever come up - like refusing to sign onto the International Court and declaring an instant end to the war in May 2003 to circumvent the Geneva Convention. Among the mercenaries being trained in the US and deployed to Iraq, some on the Pentagon payroll, are former commandos from the brutal Pinochet regime and "enforcers" from South Africa's former Aparthied regime.
While Israel-supporters hold their "Shop Israel" fair in a remote corner of Watertown, the New England Committee to Defend Palestine will be holding a STOP ISRAEL! event in the central intersection of Watertown Square.
In September 2003 Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski led Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on a tour of the Abu Ghraib prison. Rumsfeld later boasted about the difference between the former management of the prison with that of U.S. forces.