Thursday, November 16, 2006
CIA documents show Bush personally ordered torture & Botero's Abu Ghraib paintings on display in NYC
In my latest copy of The Nation, there is an article about Columbian artist Fernando Botero, whose works are now on display at the Marlborough Gallery in midtown Manhattan and compiled in the book Botero: Abu Ghraib. According to this 2005 interview, it is an amazing feat that the NYC gallery has boldly decided to show the paintings given that:"The Abu Ghraib paintings were shown in Rome on June 16th of this yr (2005). The show then travels to Germany, and in 2006 the exhibit is scheduled to come to the US. Botero has said his Abu Ghraib paintings will not be included in the US show -unless museums specifically ask for them. Given that the owner of the Capobianco Gallery in San Francisco was assaulted, threatened with death, and run out of business in May of 2004 for showing a painting by Guy Colwell that also depicted US soldiers abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib -it might be wise of Botero to exercise caution when exhibiting his masterworks in the US." Why of course torture-happy reactionaries have to try to suppress these images. They don't care that the torture has taken place. They just care that people might find out about it. Lord knows we can't have Americans find out that their "oh-so- born-again- Christian" prez okays torture like this and orders it, now can we? (Which by the by, why aren't churches demanding that torture be stopped? It seems to me that Christ was the ultimate victim of state sponsered torture and capital punishment... so why the silence?) And even though Americans have clearly turned against this war, rest assured that the ACLU will be fully demonized for daring to dig up this unsavory info: "The CIA has acknowledged for the 1st time the existence of 2 classified documents, including one signed by Pres Bush, that have guided the agency's interrogation and detention of terror suspects. The CIA disclosed the existence of the documents in a letter Friday sent from the agency's assoc general counsel, John McPherson, to lawyers for the ACLU." Damn that pesky ACLU! Damn them for letting us see what a sick fuck our Evangelical prez truly is. Next thing ya know, we'll find out that plenty of GOPers and Religious Frighters are closeted self loathing gays and pedophiles, too..... uh, errr.... nevermind.