Wednesday, August 03, 2005

A person wrote a letter to the White House complaining about the
treatment of a captive taken during the Afghanistan war. Below is a
copy of the response.

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C.

Dear Concerned Citizen

Thank you for your recent letter criticizing our treatment of the
Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The administration takes these matters seriously, and your opinion was
heard loud and clear here in Washington. You'll be pleased to learn
that, thanks to the concerns of citizens like you, we are creating the
Terrorist Retraining Program, to be called the "Liberals Accept
Responsibility for Killers" program, or LARK for short. In accordance
with the guidelines of this new program, we have decided to place one
terrorist under your personal care.

Your detainee has been selected and scheduled for transportation to
your residence next Monday. Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud is to be
cared for pursuant to the standards you personally demanded in your
letter of admonishment. We will conduct weekly inspections to ensure
that your standards of care for Ahmed are commensurate with those you
so strongly recommended in your letter.

Although Ahmed is sociopathic and extremely violent, we hope that your
sensitivity to what you described as his "attitudinal problem" will
help him overcome this character flaw. Perhaps you are correct in
describing these problems as mere cultural differences.

Your adopted terrorist is extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat
and can extinguish human life with such simple items as a pencil or
nail clippers. He is also expert at making a wide variety of
explosive devices from common household products, so you may wish to
keep those items locked up, unless you feel that this might offend
him.

Ahmed will not wish to interact with your wife or daughters since he
views females as a subhuman form of property. This is a particularly
sensitive subject for him. He has been known to show violent
tendencies around women who fail to comply with the dress code that he
considers appropriate, but I'm sure that over time they will come to
enjoy the anonymity offered by the bhurka. Just remind them that it
is all part of respecting his culture and his religious beliefs.

Thanks again for your letter. We truly appreciate it when folks like
you inform us of the proper way to do our job. Take good care of
Ahmed and good luck!

Cordially,

Don Rumsfeld

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