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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Why are they Laughing?

I was flipping channels the other day, and paused on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'.

The question being asked was whose music was used as part of interrogation tactics at Guantanamo Bay, a U.S. military prison located in Cuba. There was much amusement and laughter from the contestant, the host and the audience, as the contestant correctly deduced that, out of the 4 options presented, Christina Aguilera...

(Tight hip huggers (low for ho)
Shake a little somethin' (on the floor)
I need that, uh, to get me off
Sweat'n til my clothes come off)

... was likely the most offensive to devout Muslims and therefore the correct choice.

Just in case the producers of 'Millionaire' are looking for some more material for funny questions about U.S. interrogation tactics, here are some thoughts from Andrew Sullivan in the Sunday Times,
"we now know a great deal about what has gone on in US detention facilities under the Bush administration. Several government and Red Cross reports detail the way many detainees have been treated.

We know for certain that the US has tortured five inmates to death. We know that 23 others have died in US custody in suspicious circumstances. We know that torture has been practised by almost every branch of the US military in sites all over the world - from Abu Ghraib to Tikrit, Mosul, Basra, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

We know that no incidents of abuse have been reported in regular internment facilities and that hundreds have occurred in prisons geared to getting intelligence. We know that thousands of men, women and children were grabbed almost at random from their homes in Baghdad, taken to Saddam's former torture palace and subjected to abuse, murder, beatings, semi-crucifixions and rape.

All of this is detailed in the official reports. What has been perpetrated in secret prisons to 'ghost detainees' hidden from Red Cross inspection we do not know. We may never know."

Funny stuff.


  • That's hysterical!

    I've been meaning to check out that new sitcom on ABC about a former Iraqi dictator who is being tried for, among other things, torturing people, in a court established and paid for by the U.S. government. It's getting rave reviews!

    By Blogger Simon, at 11:36 AM  

  • They hate us for our freedoms.

    By Blogger Princess Monkey, at 1:38 PM  

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