MAY 01 - 15, 2004

VOL. 2 ISSUE 9

 

Exactly As We Told You: We Said If Negroponte Was Being Appointed To Iraq, There Must Be Human Rights Abuses They Want Covered Up

And Now, Just Days After We Wrote This, We See This Is Exactly The Case

by Samuel A. Stanson

 

May 4, 2004 - On April 20, I wrote in this article, which ran with the headline, "The Choice Of Negroponte, Who Oversaw Our Central American Policy During the Death Squad Days, Shows Bush’s Determination To Use Brutality To Subdue…":

"The need for silencing and squelching the opposition groups with brutal tactics that the public never hears about now exists in Iraq as it once did in Central America.

"Negroponte’s appointment as Ambassador to Iraq is a horrible, horrible occurrence, and shows what is next in the Iraq War for America. We asked the question a long time ago, and it is more pertinent now than ever: has Saddam been replaced with nothing more than a Saddam who happens to reside in Washington?"

As is so frequently the case, once again we at The Moderate Independent nailed it right on the head before anyone else was even paying attention.

A week later our John Ashton wrote in a follow-up article:

"(Senator Christopher J. Dodd, D-CT) knows Negroponte lied (ie the issue of "candor") last time the nation gave him its trust, oversaw illegal operations, covered up horrible, butcherous human rights abuses, and he knows President Bush is now nominating him as our Ambassador to Iraq, putting him in exactly the position to cover up horrible abuses once again (in fact, it seems the only reason President Bush would have taken Negroponte away from his UN post to put him there…)"

Look at the last part of that sentence again: "…it seems the only reason President Bush would have taken Negroponte away from his UN post to put him there," for the sake of having a man with experience covering up human rights abuses.

Now we hear today that the military has known about these abuses for months. As CNN reports, "(Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld… (noted that) a criminal investigation was under way and publicly disclosed three months before what he called "deeply disturbing" photographs were broadcast last week."

For three months the Bush administration has known about this, and they didn't tell Congress and they didn't take any action. Prior to CBS - against the wishes of the Bush administration - airing the photos of the abuses on 60 Minutes, the Bush administration's only actual action taken in response to these reports of abuse was to… appoint Negroponte as Ambassador to Iraq. They didn't immediately go after the people committing the abuse or intervene to stop it, they sat on it. They didn't share the information with the Congress, never mind the nation. Even more, they broke out the king of covering up such abuses, set out to put him on the case so that, as he did in Nicaragua (read the articles above for the details,) Negroponte could make sure no more of these abuses get reported.

Again, not to stop the abuse, but to get the abuse out of future reports.

Likely when the Bush administration caught wind of the report a couple of months back, they scrambled to find a way to cover it, thus Negroponte's appointment. Today, numerous Senators are up in arms that even they weren't informed that the abuses were occurring. McCain, Kennedy, and other Senators made livid speeches today, furious that they had been kept out of the loop.

The simple reality is - as we reported two weeks ago and again last week, and as no one else will have the courage to report right now - that the appointment of Negroponte as Ambassador to Iraq was a direct acknowledgement on the part of the Bush administration that there either were going to be human rights abuses that they wanted covered up rather than stopped. They were pulling Negroponte away from his role as UN Ambassador so he could work the magic he did back in the day in Central America, fronting for the death squads, covering up torture, submitting reports that reported no human rights abuses in the midst of horrible torture and murder.

We told you this was what the appointment of Negroponte meant, and just two weeks later you see we were exactly right. No one else will make the connection at this point - the connection we made even before we had evidence torture and other abuses were occurring - that the appointment of Negroponte was a deliberate move on the part of the Bush administration to send in someone who had experience covering up human rights abuses so as to allow them to occur without being reported or getting punished.

Yes, it would sound absurd to all of you - if we hadn't made this case before this all came out. But when exactly what you predict is the case shows up as you said it would, it is time to put doubt behind and acknowledge the likely reality: that the Bush administration sought - and seek - to cover for human rights abuses in Iraq rather than stop them.

You can bet Dodd won't be smart enough to put the obvious 2 and 2 of Negroponte and the abuses together. Then again, even if he did he would simply say, "Please don't do this anymore, if you don't mind."

 

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