'Bush Administration Shortchanging Tortured American POWs'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the
following statement regarding news reports that the Bush Administration
is trying to block court-ordered payments in frozen Iraqi assets
to 17 American prisoners of war from the 1991 Persian Gulf war,
in order to help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq:
eve of Veterans Day, when the nation honors the service and sacrifice
of our patriotic and courageous men and women in uniform, it is
outrageous that the Bush Administration is shortchanging tortured
American prisoners of war to help pay for Iraq's reconstruction.
American POWs their court-ordered payments is an unconscionable
way to treat soldiers who endured unspeakable torture. How can the
President look veterans in the face tomorrow when his Administration
is trying to take away money that was rightfully awarded to these
brave heroes? Is this how President Bush honors their sacrifice?
who fought the government of Saddam Hussein in 1991 should not have
to fight their own government for the damages that they are entitled
to under the law.
District Court Judge Richard W. Roberts noted in his ruling this
summer, such awards help deter foreign governments from mistreating
American POWs. I simply cannot understand why the Bush Administration
would want to undermine that deterrent and put future American POWs
Bush should immediately order his Administration to stop trying
to take away money that was rightly given to these American POWs."