. . . Friday June 11, 2004

Does Your Dog Bite?

Bush: “Look, I’m going to say it one more time … The instructions went out to our people to adhere to law. That ought to comfort you.”

And if it doesn’t, maybe a few hours being barked at by an attack dog with do the trick?

The use of torture, and who ordered what, continues to be an issue of debate in Washington. The responsibilty investigation regarding the behavior at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere has moved up the chain of command yet again as reporters learn that the use of dogs to scare prisoners was authorized by U.S. intelligence personnel.

Meanwile, a memo from the State Department has surfaced that warns the White House and Pentagon against the use of torture: “A decision that the conventions do not apply to the conflict in Afghanistan in which our armed forces are engaged deprives our troops there of any claim to the protection of the convention in the event they are captured.”

Concentration is important!