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The Illustrated Daily Scribble is an ultra-current blog of my raw sketches about the day's news drawn on legal pads. I'll post new material here Monday through Friday. Yesterday's cartoon is now in the archive: A.C.L.U. gets torture memos thrugh lawsuit -- Revisiting civilian, Pentagon neocons' pre-war prediction that Iraq would be a "cakewalk." [ Archive ].
The tragic, sad deaths of Americans in Iraq from the suicide attack on the mess tent reminded me of a strip I did for Thadeus & Weez, above, about the subject of the dangers that American troops are facing despite pre-war claims by civilian, Pentagon neocons that Iraq would be a "cakewalk." Today, there are even more reports of prisoner abuse gained from discovery in the A.C.L.U. case, so I wanted to leave yesterday's Scribble up another day as the torture story was, of course, eclipsed by the attack on Americans.

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Discovery in the A.C.L.U. lawsuit against the government over alleged torture of prisoners produced more memos yesterday. This time it was F.B.I. memos which had an odd twist. A couple of the memos by F.B.I. agents from Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay) claim that military interrogators were impersonating F.B.I. agents during interrogations. The purpose -- at least in part -- was said to be to avoid being accused of illegal interrogation tactics by released prisoners. Thus, any torture would be attributed to the F.B.I., not the military.

Ironically, it was the F.B.I. agents writing memos back to D.C. that Gitmo military interrogators were using illegal methods. Moreover, the memos widen the circle of government officials who knew about torture to F.B.I. chief Robert Mueller, despite the government's position that abuse was not a policy, but instead was committed by low-level, aberrant soldiers I keep wondering when this is really going to blow open.

Here are two news pieces on the memos: New York Times ; Washington Post


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