The trial of Saddam

In his trial on the 22nd, Saddam Hussein claimed that he and his co-defendents had been beaten and tortured by US authorities.

You’d think that would be bad enough, that maybe people would start to realize that this whole ‘torture is as American as apple pie!’ thing would come back and bite ’em on the ass. But there was more.

Reporters then heard one of the guards at the trial telling Taha Yassin Ramadan (former Iraqi vice president) that he was going to give him another beating.

Apparently the exchange was edited out of the TV feed. So this is what passes for American justice these days: torture, beatings, kangaroo courts, and censored trial proceedings.

Why are we bothering with a trial at all? Doing it this way, nobody’s going to believe it’s a fair trial. We might as well just execute the guy and save some time if we’re not going to be serious about justice.