blogenlust
1.10.2005

Abu Ghraib = Cheerleader Camp


Someone should punch this guy in the face.
FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - A lawyer for Charles Graner, accused ringleader in the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal, on Monday compared piling naked prisoners into pyramids to cheerleader shows and said leashing inmates was also acceptable prisoner control. "Don't cheerleaders all over America form pyramids six to eight times a year. Is that torture?" Guy Womack, Graner's attorney, said in opening arguments to the 10-member U.S. military jury at the reservist sergeant's court-martial. [...] Womack said using a tether was a valid method of controlling detainees, especially those who might be soiled with feces. "You're keeping control of them. A tether is a valid control to be used in corrections," he said. "In Texas we'd lasso them and drag them out of there." He compared the leash to parents who place tethers on their toddlers while walking in shopping malls.
Some pro bono advice for Charles Graner: Find a new lawyer. Who is Guy Womack? Only the USA's preeminent expert in Strange But True Law!! Apparently it is strange but true that if you pile a bunch of naked people in a pyramid, take pictures, and laugh at them, you might be charged with torture.