Monday, May 10, 2004

The Prime Minister may have been the second gunman on the Grassy Knoll, say the Greens 

This is what goes these days for political news in Australia:

"Prime Minister John Howard may have known as long ago as last July of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers, the Australian Greens said today.

"Amnesty International first raised its concerns about the torture and ill-treatment of Iraqi detainees by US and coalition troops in July last year in a report to the US government, Greens senator Bob Brown said today. It was almost unconceivable that the human rights group would not have raised its concerns with the Australian government, Senator Brown said.

" '[T]he Australian government must have known since last year but did nothing,' Senator Brown told reporters." [Italics mine]
And Senator Brown "may" have once had some credibility in the electorate, but it's "almost unconceivable" that anyone treats him seriously anymore, since surely he "must have" lost his marbles by now.

I don't know whether Amnesty International has raised its concerns with the Australian government in July last year or anytime after that (seeing that concerns were raised with the American government and the Coalition Provisional Authority, as the two bodies directly responsible for Iraqi prisons), but it's almost unconceivable that they would not have raised its concerns with Senator Brown. Just what did Senator Brown know and when did he know it?

The innuendo in the Brown smear is that the Prime Minister, by silent acquiescence, has participated in a long-standing cover-up, which was only exposed a few weeks ago, due to courage and dilligence of the world media. This is a convenient myth - the investigations of the abuses have been going on for months now, far from the glare of publicity. It might shock Senator Brown, but the authorities, both in the US and in Australia, are perfectly capable of addressing various problems, even those not brought to their attention by Senator Brown.


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