"The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking…"

Excerpted from a “MisLeader.Org” update:

Leading investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has told the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that videotapes were made of young boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison. The Bush administration is holding videotapes of these acts, said Hersh, a regular contributor to the New Yorker and other publications and who spoke this week at the ACLU’s annual membership conference.

“The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking,” Hersh told the group, adding that there was “a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the

highest command out there, and higher.”

You can hear him for yourself, 1 hour and 30 minutes into the video: “America at a Crossroads,” 2004 ACLU Members Conference.

These is what happened to young children of the some of women who were arrested, Hersh says. Clearly, the implication is that this was done to coerce confessions from the women, who must have known about it, perhaps even witnessed it. No wonder they wanted to die. I can’t even begin to imagine the horror of it, the pain, the guilt, the sense of helplessness they must have felt.

This is vile and unspeakable. The only appropriate reaction to it is shame and horror. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et. al have not only dragged our nation’s good name through the mud, killing thousands of innocent civilians in the process, but he’s turned us into a nation of baby-rapers. I feel like throwing up. The shame of it is unbearable. It is absolutely inconceivable to me that I should have lived to see this day, that my nation should have sunk to such depths of infamy. Bush must go. Bush must go, now. Not in November.

If the leader of any other civilized government on the face of this planet had permitted this to happen on his or her watch, that individual would have resigned, immediately, and unconditionally, regardless of whether or not they knew about it, regardless of whether or not any policy of theirs could even vaguely be interpreted as having lead to these events, merely out of respect for him or herself and the people of the nation he or she lead, by taking full responsibility for the actions of those under his or her command.

We should not find out about these events from the press. Our government should not be hiding this information, however horrific, from us. Bush clearly has no shame. He must go. Now. If he won’t go, we must hound him from office, he should not be permitted to show his face in public without being confronted about this. Our self-respect as a nation demands nothing less.

Tomorrow, I will spend at least two hours standing on the corner with a sign quoting the words in the header above: “The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking…”

I am overwhelmed with grief.

Thomas Leavitt