Saturday, June 26, 2010

Art. 88

Art. 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice:


Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the
President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the
Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation,
or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth,
or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a
court-martial may direct."

Obama has fired Stanley Allen McChrystal for the contemptuous words
toward government officials he uttered in a series of on and off the
record interviews with a Rolling Stone reporter. I don't suppose he
will be court-martialed for this act of insubordination. He should
have been court-martialed for helping to cover up the death of Pat
Tillman by "friendly fire." And that's not the only crime he should
have been court-martialed for. McChrystal was also Dick Cheney's
assassin-in-chief as commander of the Joint Special Operations
Command. And he also covered up the torture of prisoners:

"An interrogator at Camp Nama known as Jeff described locking
prisoners in shipping containers for 24 hours at a time in extreme
heat; exposing them to extreme cold with periodic soaking in cold
water; bombardment with bright lights and loud music; sleep
deprivation; and severe beatings.

When he and other interrogators went to the colonel in charge and
expressed concern that this kind of treatment was not legal, and that
they might be investigated by the military's Criminal Investigation
Division or the International Committee of the Red Cross, the colonel
told them he had 'this directly from General McChrystal and the
Pentagon that there's no way that the Red Cross could get in.'"