Gimmie More Torture!
Naked men with black bags over their heads
strapped to cell walls, bed posts, piles
of naked bodies butts out, cameras clicking,
human beings smeared with excrement,
dogs snarling, rapes, water boarding —
More of this stuff
because we need to run our programs
reasons the President –
of what country?
Our country? The United States?
A president of the United States is
asking Congress to grant him the right
to torture prisoners?
Wants Congress to legislate
authorization to torture
in violation of the Geneva Conventions?
You’ve got to be kidding.
Isn’t this the President who didn’t
know about Abu Ghraib until
someone told him it was in the papers.
Isn't this the President who said
Abu Ghraib was the work of a few bad apples,
and a woman commander.
The orders didn’t come from his
Now he says the Geneva Conventions
He says he doesn’t understand
what the words
Outrages against personal dignity
We noticed this when he was Governor
of Texas —
when he presided over so many executions
we called him Governor Death, more executions
than any governor in history, more prison outrages,
prisoners attacked with cattle prods, gang rapes.
It's like his mother would say —
These people are mostly underprivileged
so anyplace they get three culturally
sensitive meals a day is a good deal for them.
This was the Governor who famously quipped,
Texas didn’t sign the Geneva Conventions.
Now he want’s more torture —
says GOP leaders opposing him are
putting our Nation at risk.
He’s been a bit testy even.
Torture is good for America.
Gimmie more! he tells us,
more torture, right now, or I’ll
shut down the programs
that keep us safe.
©Susan Bright, 2006
Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.
* photo by Kyle
And here are some bumper stickers
we've seen in Austin, send in by Wolf Dilworth.
The Emperor has no clue
Call the village, I found their idiot
Iraq is Arabic for Vietnam
Don't punish Palestine for engaging in democracy
Your Silence will not protect you
Be Nice to America OR we'll bring democracy to your country!
Terrorists Make Bombs.
Bush Makes Terrorists
Bush is Listening. Use BIG Words
The Religious Right is NEITHER
Why do we kill people
who kill people to show
that killing people is wrong?
Don't believe anything until
it has been officially denied
Dissent is the highest form
of patriotism (Thomas Jefferson)
No one died when Clinton Lied
How many Iraqi children did we kill today?
Support our troops: BRING THEM HOME ALIVE
After we rebuild Iraq, can we rebuild America?
THINK! Before it becomes illegal.
Regime change starts at home
God please save me from your followers
God is too big to fit into one Religion
Smile! Your government is watching you!
Don't Steal: THE GOVERNMENT HATES COMPETITION.
The Road to Hell is Paved with Republicans
The TEN Commandments are NOT Multiple Choice
What it is About
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