11 July 2006 by Published in: current events 2 comments

Ok, so let me get this straight. All U.S. military detainees now get the minimal protection afforded by article 3 of the Geneva conventions, but this is not a change in policy. What does that mean? Does business go forward as usual, or are we done with such despicable habits as waterboarding? As my husband says, “There was a time when waterboarding didn’t take up any space in my brain.” I resent that I know about this, and other methods of torture the U.S. military employs, in great detail. I want my government’s doublespeak to mean that we are done with torture, but it doesn’t say that, does it?

And of course, even if we were to do the just and civilized thing by those we have detained in military custody, what of those in CIA custody?

This should be good news. I hope it is good news.

In unrelated current news, when did Bombay become Mumbai? And why? Clearly, I’m not paying enough attention. And for some unexplainable reason, all the foreign reporters I heard today said Mumbai, but the Indians all said Bombay.


Tue 11th Jul 2006 at 8:41 pm

Actually there have been several name changes in India in the last 5-8 years. Most of them attempt to recuperate original names in substitution for "colonial" names. If you check out wikipedia for Mumbai, you can see the whole explanation. Another example is Kolkata for Calcutta, Chennai for Madras, etc. Hmmm… You mean you’re not up on your Indian geography? Next you’ll tell me that you didn’t know that the state of Bihar is now divided into Bihar and Jharkhand. Or that the northwestern corner of Uttar Pradesh is now Uttaranchal. Man, you have to keep up with this stuff!!!

Wed 12th Jul 2006 at 12:27 pm

Damn…so we don’t torture prisoners yet we define, practice and perfect the techniques on our own people. Yeah right. Scary stuff no matter how you look at it.

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