Representation Through Humiliation

1/10/2005

Yes, Just Like Cheerleaders...

"Don't cheerleaders all over America form pyramids six to eight times a year. Is that torture?" -Guy Womack, attorney of Charles Graner, who is the accused ringleader in the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal Graner's attorney, in opening arguments to the 10-member U.S. military jury at the reservist sergeant's court-martial.

In reference to pictures of Graner leading prisinors around by tethers, Womack said: "You're keeping control of them. A tether is a valid control to be used in corrections. In Texas we'd lasso them and drag them out of there." He also compared the leash to parents who place tethers on their toddlers while walking in shopping malls.

Finally, someone gets it right! they were'nt torturing the prisinors they were practicing for the Mid-Year Iraqi Cheer Competition! How silly of us to confuse the two! And of course the tethers were only a precaution to keep the prisinors from wandering off! How could we have been so blind!
Oh, and those hideous plastic bags they put over the prisinors' heads? Merely a precaution to regulate their breathing of course!