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Military: Lt. Gen. William Boykin, Deputy Undersecrtetary of Defense for Intelligence

A Delta Force veteran, Lt. Gen. Boykin has presented dozens (if not hundreds) of serom/speeches before churches and Christian Evengelical religious organizations WHILE IN FULL DRESS UNIFORM, explaining America's role in the world as soldiers for a Christian God, a real God (as opposed to any one elses) who must crush all others before they crush this 'Christiasn Nation.' "We in the army of God, in the house of God, kingdom of God have been raised for such a time as this," he is quoted as saying by the Los Angeles Times. The danger in this attitude is fairly obvious - if you are not one of us 'Christians,' then you are evil (the Devil), therefore not human, therefore expendable (and the torture begins...). Although many complaints were files, and an investigation was promised, nothing was done. One reason - this man was instrumental in designing intelligence operations for Desert Storm, and was one of the designers of the Guantanamo prison and interrogation tactics (after which he was transferred to Iraq, where he oversaw the military prison system there, including Abu Ghraib). Asked about the remarks, Donald Rumsfeld said only that Lt. Gen. Boykin was a "fine soldier", and although G. W. Bush has stated that the Lt. General's views do not necessarily represent those of the administration, actions (and his continued activity in our 'War On Terror') speak otherwise.

Quotes

"I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew my God was a real God and his was an idol." Daytona Beach, FL 1/2003

"The battle that we're in is a spiritual battle. Satan wants to destroy this nation, he wants to destroy us as a nation., and he wants to destroy us as a Christian Army." First Baptist Church, Broken Arrow, OK, 6/2002

"Why do they hate us? THe answer to that is because we're a Christian Nation. We are hated because we are a nation of believers. (Our) spiritual enemy will only be defeated if we come against them in the name of Jesus. George Bush was not elected by a majority of voters in the Unted States. He was appointed by God." Good Shepherd Community Church, Sandy, OR, 6/2003

Links

U.S. general violated rules with "Satan" speeches (Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters, 8/18/04)

THE GRAY ZONE: How a secret Pentagon program came to Abu Ghraib. (Seymour Hersh, New Yorker Magazine, 5/15/04)

The Roots of Torture (John Barry, Michael Hirsh and Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, 2004)

Conyers Asks Rumsfeld to Reassign Lt. Gen. Boykin (TalkLeft, 10/17/03)

American Muslim organizations call for removal of Gen. Boykin (American Muslim Perspective & Reuters, 5/4/04)

Faith-based intolerance: Gen. Boykin's talk of God the Bigger reflects Bush's own thinking (Colman McCarthy, National Catholic Reporter, 11/14/03)

Holy War, Anyone?: Gen. Boykin Implicated In Abu Ghraib Scandal (au.org, 5/20/04)

Religious remarks hound General (St. Petersburg Times, 5/17/04)

Smiting the infidels (Sidney Blumenthal, salon.com, 5/20/04)

US defends role for evangelical Christian (Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian UK, 10/17/03)

Locked in Abu Ghraib: The prison scandal keeps getting worse for the Bush administration (Fred Kaplan, slate.com, 5/17/04)


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