Iowa recently became the 4th state to legalize gay marriage — which automatically puts it in the vanguard of ethics and human rights. But y’know, although we think of the “Corn State” as being pretty backwoodsy, it isn’t exactly new to the field (pun intended).
Iowa abolished slavery in 1839, 26 years before the passage of the 13th amendment in 1865. Iowa disallowed separate but equal racial segregation in schools in 1868, 85 years before the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of education outlawed it nationally. And in 1873, Iowa again protected racial minorities, extending anti-discrimination to public accommodations, 91 years before the U.S. Supreme Court. Iowa was also the first state to allow women to practice law.
You go, Iowa! The grand tradition continues.
(I, of course, live in Florida, one of the backward, fearful, ill-educated, superstition-ridden states that has fucked around in other people’s business, constitutionally, and banned gay marriage. I’m so proud!)
“It did not matter if a detainee were innocent. Indeed, because he lived in Afghanistan and was captured on or near the battle area, he must know something of importance,” Wilkerson wrote in the blog. He said intelligence analysts hoped to gather “sufficient information about a village, a region, or a group of individuals, that dots could be connected and terrorists or their plots could be identified.”
Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel, said vetting on the battlefield during the early stages of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan was incompetent with no meaningful attempt to discriminate “who we were transporting to Cuba for detention and interrogation.”
Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman, declined to comment on Wilkerson’s specific allegations but noted that the military has consistently said that dealing with foreign fighters from a wide variety of countries in a wartime setting was a complex process….
Let’s see: the Shrub pardons everyone else. Then he resigns. Cheney becomes president and pardons Bush. Nice and neat. Except it won’t happen; these thugs think they’re bulletproof. We’ll see what the Congress thinks.
Last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee released portions of its inquiry into the torture of prisoners in American custody. The following quote, by Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, appears at the top of the report: “What sets us apart from our enemies in this fight is how we behave. In everything we do, we must observe the standards and values that dictate that we treat noncombatants and detainees with dignity and respect. While we are warriors, we are also human beings.”
Petraeus’ words were the ideal. The Bush administration did not comply with that ideal in its prosecution of its “war on terror.” It has yet to be held accountable. …