Ledge of Liberty is officially stalking White House press correspondent, Helen Thomas. We've always loved her, but there comes a point where love can become an obsession -- and this is that point.
Just days ago, the White House officially approved for use, intelligence attained through means of torture. Now, we have White house Press Secretary, Scott McClellan, delivering his usual sermon, high and mighty on the anti-terror platform. The hypocrisy of which, only challenged by Helen's usual contumacy.
MR. McCLELLAN: Helen, go ahead.
Q Has the President given any orders to stop the ongoing brutalization of Iraqi prisoners?
MR. McCLELLAN: Ongoing? If you have something, you ought to let --
Q Even after Abu Ghraib and the terrible shame that it brought to us, this still goes on.
MR. McCLELLAN: If you have something, you ought to take it to the attention of the Department of Defense.
Q I personally don't. I've been reading in the papers recently, several days, that this is going on.
MR. McCLELLAN: The President expects allegations of this nature, which are serious allegations, to be fully investigated. He expects the Department of Defense to get to the bottom of any allegations that are made, to hold people responsible for wrongdoing if there is wrongdoing, and to take corrective action where appropriate. The Department of Defense has a number of ongoing investigations. These are issues that they take very seriously. In terms of the policy, I think the President's policy has been made very clear. We are a nation of laws and a nation of values, and we expect people to adhere to our values, as well as our laws.
Q You don't adhere to the Geneva Conventions. How can they know --
MR. McCLELLAN: Actually, in Iraq, the Geneva Convention does apply, and we do expect it to --
Q How about Guantanamo?
MR. McCLELLAN: -- we do expect it to be adhered to.
Q Thank you.
12/08/04 Press Briefing [whitehouse.gov]