October 6, 2007

Torture Continued -- By Dan Froomkin

This from the Washington Post:

How the United States became associated with torture is not just a matter of historical interest. And that's all the more clear today, with the publication of a major New York Times story describing the Bush administration's ongoing circumvention of national and international prohibitions against barbaric interrogation practices.

In other words: It continues.

But the White House's non-denial denials, disingenuous euphemisms and oppressive secrecy have repeatedly stifled any genuine discourse. Bush shuts down discussion by declaring that "we don't torture" -- yet he won't even say how he defines the term.

Click here for the Washington Post editorial and here for the New York Times article.
I believe this matter never goes away -- it just ebbs and flows in the media's attention.

This is, in my opinion, going to be the single largest stain on our country -- beyond the war[s], beyond Black Water, beyond eavesdropping, beyond children's health care, beyond corporate welfare and unemployment, in fact beyond all those issues combined when, after this administration is gone, the facts finally begin to come to the light of day.

We, as a nation will stand ashamed of what was carried on in our names by the people we **ahem** entrusted our country to. And they will have fled the country for South America -- as so many of their fellow Nazis did before them.


pekka said...

It is absolutely horrendous how this administration has managed to widen up the gulf between the idea of America and the reality of it. One can barely see the opposite bank from the other.

Not being any fan of St.Ronnie, I still insist, that not even him, in his wildest dreams, could have come to this total bankruptcy as far as any morals, ethics, lawfulness or decency are concerned. Also, I wonder sometimes if Ike is having justifiable temper tantrums in his grave although he did have the vision of gangsters such as this sorry lot in the White House now?

This preznit, I am sure, classifies himself as a very special person, and I agree with him. His specialness, though, might have a bit of a different interpretations in his and my minds.

two crows said...

agreed, pekka--
I never did see whatever qualities everyone else seemed so enthralled by in 'St. Ronnie' [what a great tag!]. I always thought he was a mean-spirited bumbler leading our country in decidedly the wrong direction.
even so, he didn't hold a candle to the current group of fascists.

yeah -- both Bush and Cheney are 'very special persons' indeed -- as Beelzebub is a 'very special

TomCat said...

TC, I completely agree. Torture is the biggest single factor in how we define ourselves to the world community. Bush has made us a pariah!

two crows said...

right on, TC.
Bush consistently says, 'we don't torture' but refuses to define the term. what does that tell us?