July 31, 2008

From The Washington Post:
The Torture Paper Trail -- by Eugene Robinson

I still find it hard to believe that George W. Bush, to his eternal shame and our nation's great discredit, made torture a matter of hair-splitting, legalistic debate at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
For the record: I don't-- and never did.
In fact, I wish I could find it hard to believe.
Three previously classified administration memos obtained last week by the American Civil Liberties Union add to our understanding of this disgraceful episode. The documents are attempts to justify the unjustifiable -- the use of brutal interrogation methods that international agreements define as torture -- and to keep those who ordered and carried out this dirty business from being prosecuted and jailed.
A clear and urgent duty of the next president will be to investigate the Bush administration's torture policy and give Americans a full accounting of what was done in our name. It's astounding that we need some kind of truth commission in the United States of America, but we do. Only when we learn the full story of what happened will we be able to confidently promise, to ourselves and to a world that looks to this country for moral leadership: Never again.
And to think that the phrase, "Never Again" [with all that it implies] should be applied to this country is appalling.
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dguzman said...

We can only hope that the phrase "Never again!" will be applied to this country once Chimpy is gone. I fear that despite Obama's best efforts, it will continue to be business as usual.

two crows said...

hi, dguzman--
agreed. but I'm appalled it should be applied to this country.

now we can take our proud place with 1940's Germany, 1970's Laos and 1990's Dar Fur, and several countries in eastern Europe whose names I can't spell.

what great company we're keeping.
well, I guess, given our record with the Native Americans and African Americans, I couldn't speak too loudly before Bush ever showed up.

but I had hoped we wouldn't do such things in the 21st century, at least.

an average patriot said...

The lying hair splitting ignorant arrogance is blatantly sickeningly obvious and nothing as to these scum should surprise anyone. Certainly from 9/11 on we have been living a lie and they could care less how obvious it is as long as they get their way!

two crows said...

hi, Jim--
true enough.
I simply hope they get hauled before the Haig and then sent to Gitmo where they'll be waterboarded. after all, since it's not torture, they shouldn't mind at all. right?