Tuesday, September 30, 2008

In America We Do Not Believe in Torture

Visiting with friends last night I was confronted with the torturous offer of 2 Buck Chuck. (Why waste your money and your guest's time with such horrible wine, especially when better options at equally affordable prices are available.) This is America and we don't believe in torture,... or do we?

Truth is, as a nation we do not believe in torture. In fact we have clear laws forbidding the practice. Our nations anti-torture roots date back to orders issued by General George Washington (the nations 1st president) during the Revolution. But as we've discovered the truth is less clear under the current administration. Yet it doesn't need to be. Torture is torture and it is a horrible way to treat people, even those people that we know to be our enemy. So when people admit to torture or admit to planning how and when torture should be carried out, or worse plan on how they can get around torture laws; these people should be subject to the law and stand trail.

Rice has admitted holding torture meetings in the white house. CIA operatives have admitted they tortured prisoner, in fact they had the torture interrogations on tape. Even President Bush claims knowledge of torture meetings. In fact he states, "..No. I mean, as a matter of fact, I told the country we did that. And I also told them it was legal. We had legal opinions that enabled us to do it."

We shouldn't be surprised by all the crisis our country is currently facing. Our so called leaders have no regard for this nation and our laws. By allowing them to run wild for 8 long years we've facilitated this mess. It is time to correct our error. The laws of this constitutional democracy should be enforced and this torturous regime must be brought to justice.

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