Monday, May 10, 2004

The Question Senators and Reporters Should Be Asking Rumsfeld

"Is there any facility anywhere in the world where American personnel could use sexual humiliation of any kind against detainees, for interrogation or any other reason, under currently existing policies and procedures?"

Failure to provide a clear, immediate "no" answer to this question should have grave consequences for everyone involved. "Not to my knowledge" or "it depends on what the meaning of 'sexual humiliation' is" would demonstrate that our leadership had failed to issue firm policies against this kind of thing -- of course, it'll take much more than just policies to prevent it, but unless we can answer "no" to this question, we're not even doing the bare minimum.