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May 11, 2004: Senator ‘Outraged’ at Concern for Detainee Abuse in Iraq

Republican Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma causes considerable astonishment when he says during a Senate committee hearing that he is “more outraged by the outrage,” than by the abuse of the prisoners. He says, “I’m probably not the only one up at this table that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment.” He continues: “These prisoners, they’re murderers, they’re terrorists, they’re insurgents. Many of them probably have American blood on their hands. And here we’re so concerned about the treatment of those individuals.” He adds, “I am also outraged that we have so many humanitarian do-gooders right now crawling all over these prisons, looking for human rights violations while our troops, our heroes, are fighting and dying.” (Semple 5/11/2004) An editorial in the New York Times calls Inhofe’s comment “astounding.” (New York Times 5/12/2004)


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