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Uncle Teddy knows best...
[Chris Field] 5/17/04
Over the last week-and-a-half or so, liberal Massachusetts Sen.
Ted Kennedy (though he's been rated less liberal than his junior
Massachusetts colleague Sen. John Kerry) has been even louder,
more outlandish, more political and more bombastic than ever.
Here is just a sampling of some of his most recent comments
regarding the prisoner abuses in Iraq and how it's all George
KENNEDY: We pray that mission accomplished has not become mission
impossible. America's respect and reputation in the world have
never been lower in the entire history of our Nation. Where do
we go to get our respect and reputation back? Where do we go
to bring a respectable end to the nightmare for America that
Iraq has become?
--Congressional Record, S4963, May 6, 2004
KENNEDY: You and your senior leadership have shown, I believe,
a disregard for the protection of the Geneva Conventions in detainee
ou have known about the graphic photographs, evidence of abuse
in the Abu Ghraib prison since mid- January. You told President
Bush about these reports of abuse shortly thereafter. And yet,
rather than work with Congress to deal with the problem together,
you and other top Defense Department officials have apparently
spent the last three weeks in preparing the public relations
--To Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld before the
Services Committee, May 7, 2004
KENNEDY: On March
19, 2004, President Bush asked: "Who
would prefer that Saddam's torture chambers still be open?"
Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened
under new management--U.S. management.
President Bush has presided over America's steepest and deepest
fall from grace in the history of our country. The tragedy unfolding
in Iraq is the direct result of a colossal failure of leadership.
--Congressional Record, S5058, May 10, 2004
MATT LAUER: Let me
ask you about a story on the front page of The New York Times
this morning. It talks about some of the methods
being used by the CIA in interrogating top al-Qaeda operatives....
It says, "In the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, a high-level
detainee who's believed to have helped plan the attacks of September
11th, CIA interrogators used graduated levels of force, including
a technique known as 'water boarding' in which a prisoner is
strapped down, forcibly pushed under water and made to believe
he might drown." ... Do you feel that we risk blurring the
line between ourselves and the people we're supposed to be protecting
US citizens from?
KENNEDY: Well, that the great danger. We don't abuse our values
in order to accept the values of those that we are opposing.
But the interesting point is much of that has to be personally
approved by the secretary of defense. We don't know how many
times he's approved it, what have been the conditions that he
has approved it, what has General Sanchez approved in terms of
those prisons over there.
LAUER: These are apparently secret rules approved by the CIA
in the wake of 9/11.
KENNEDY: And they clearly are approved, ultimately, by the secretary
of defense. That came out in the course of our Armed Services
hearing. And we don't know. He hasn't been asked. He hasn't revealed.
There--the fact is there is a great deal more that we ought to
know about who was in charge. It isn't just the--the prisoners.
We have to know the climate, the atmosphere, who gave the green
light for the violations of the Geneva Conventions that have
been taking place.
--NBC's "Today Show," May
KENNEDY: And what we are continuing to see is blunder after
blunder in Iraq. And what is happening is that we've lost our
position as leader of the free world in terms of human rights.
We've lost our -- now, we are the most hated nation in the world.
KENNEDY: n the issue of this kind of heavy-handedness by the
administration in terms of the torture of these prisoners, the
reason we have Geneva accords is, number one, even those these
prisoners in so many incidents are bad and have done bad things
that we don't want to have the same morality as those individuals.
SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Here's
what you said on May 11.... "Shamefully
now we learn that Saddam's torture chambers have reopened under
new management, United States management." ... How do you
respond to that?
KENNEDY: That is part of the Republican attack machine, and
I reject it.
--CNN's "American Morning," May
KENNEDY: I've been on this committee for 24 years, I've been
in the Senate 42 years, and I have never been denied the opportunity
to question any person that's come before a committee on what
I wanted to ask for it. And I resent it and reject it on a matter
of national importance.
--when initially denied opportunity to ask Deputy Defense Secretary
prison abuses during a budget meeting, Senate Armed Services
hearing on contingency reserve fund,
May 13, 2004
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