May 10, 2004

What's Wrong With This Sentence? "The Bush administration was bracing itself last night for the release of new pictures and video footage from Abu Ghraib which show US soldiers having sex with an Iraqi woman prisoner, troops almost beating a prisoner to death, and the rape of young boys by Iraqi guards at the jail." Are we supposed to believe this Iraqi woman consented to group sex with US soldiers? ... From the same story: "NBC News has quoted military officials as saying that the new photographs also show US soldiers 'acting inappropriately with a dead body'. ... NBC also reported that the rape of young boys by Iraqi guards, apparently in a special section of the prison, had been filmed by US soldiers."

A must-read interview with former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds: "[I]f they were to hold real investigations -- I'm not talking about this semi-investigation they're holding under this 'Joint Inquiry' -- the pure show of the 9/11 Commission that has been getting the mass media's attention. If they were to do real investigations we would see several significant high level criminal prosecutions in this country ... certain people that we know from this country standing trial; and they will be prosecuted criminally. ... And that is something that they are not going to let out. And, believe me; they will do everything to cover this up." (Also)

From Government Executive Magazine: "A former FBI translator said Wednesday that the bureau had 'real, specific' information relating to the Sept. 11 attacks before they happened. Sibel Edmonds worked for the agency working from Sept. 20, 2001 to March 2002. Edmonds said she was hired to retranslate material that was collected prior to Sept. 11 to determine if anything was missed in the translations that related to the plot. In her review, Edmonds said the documents clearly showed that the Sept. 11 hijackers were in the country and plotting to use airplanes as missiles. The documents also included information relating to their financial activities. Edmonds said she could not comment in detail because she has been under a Justice Department gag order since October 2002. Edmonds has testified before the Sept. 11 commission, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Select Intelligence Committee."

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