Even though I know better, I sometimes blog when I’m less than fully awake.* When thoughts and words are not coming clearly, posting has the all too real potential to lead to later regret: incoherent nonsense is a distinct possibility. I had a rough night. I’m still half-dreaming. But as I’m waiting for my coffee to brew, I nevertheless feel compelled to throw the proverbial caution to the embarrassingly clichéd wind and write about this:
Hungary arrests 97-year-old alleged Nazi war criminal
BUDAPEST – 97-year-old Hungarian man suspected of abusing Jews and helping deport thousands of them during the Holocaust was taken into custody Wednesday, questioned and charged with war crimes, prosecutors said.
The case of Laszlo Csatary was brought to the attention of Hungarian authorities last year by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish organization active in hunting down Nazis who have yet to be brought to justice.
In April, Csatary topped the organization’s list of most-wanted Nazi war criminals.
Prosecutors decided to charge Csatary with the “unlawful torture of human beings,” a war crime that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
My my my. A war crime! The unlawful torture of human beings. Such vile, unforgivable acts against humanity that enormous resources spent over many decades in the relentless pursuit of the accused are unquestionably justified—even if the best possible end result is the small, cold comfort of imprisoning a 97-year old man for “life.”
Apropos of absolutely nothing, here’s an interesting story from April 18, 2008:
ABC News reported on Apr. 9 that then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice chaired an informal panel of top administration officials that approved specific brutal interrogation tactics for use on three suspected Al Qaeda detainees. The panel consisted of Vice President Dick Cheney, and former administration officials — Donald H. Rumsfeld, then defense secretary, Colin L. Powell, the former secretary of state, George Tenet, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and John Ashcroft, then attorney general. This group debated for use on detainees — and eventually approved — methods of abuse like being “slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called waterboarding,” ABC reported.
On Apr. 11, Bush told ABC that he was personally aware of the panel’s discussions. “Well, we started to connect the dots in order to protect the American people.” Bush said. “And yes, I’m aware our national security team met on this issue. And I approved.”
I am sure the fine folks at the Simon Wiesenthal Center would agree: torturing Jewish prisoners is no different than torturing “suspected” Al Qaeda prisoners. I just hope the architects of the American torture regime don’t successfully elude justice to the ripe old age of 97! (I’m pretty sure Dick Cheney is already, like, what? 450 years old? at any rate he is obviously immortal and cannot die, so locking him up for “life” at any point in time would at least amount to a meaningful sentence.) To do my small part to hopefully aid in their capture, I offer these photographs of the suspects, taken covertly at their last known location of Washington, DC.
IMPORTANT: IF YOU SEE THESE PEOPLE, DO NOT APPREHEND THEM. THEY ARE CONSIDERED DANGEROUS, KNOWN SADISTS AND SOCIOPATHIC MASS MURDERERS, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF MANY THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE—AND ARE EXTREMELY ADEPT AT ELUDING CAPTURE. REPORT THEM TO LAW ENFORCEMENT (and/or THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER) IMMEDIATELY.
Oh! Gotta run. My coffee’s ready.
* When I was a n00b I used to have a rule: “Don’t drink and blog.” But I found that it interfered way too much with my drinking so I shitcanned it.