Friday, September 22, 2006

Torture: The American Way?

By Cassandra D

From the LA Times:

"If the bad guys captured your son and tossed him, naked, into a cell kept at a temperature just slightly higher than an average refrigerator, then repeatedly doused him with ice water to induce hypothermia, would that be OK? What if they shackled him to a wall for days so he couldn't sit or lie down without hanging his whole body weight on his arms? What if they threatened to rape and kill his wife, or pretended they were burying him alive? What if they did all these things by turns? Would you have any problem deciding that these methods are cruel?"

In a recent interview, Trevor Paglen, one of the authors of the new book,"Torture Taxi," sums up our current situation:

"This is the crucial question that we are facing right now. Bush transferred a handful of guys to Guantanamo and acknowledged they were kept in these secret prisons. Congress has to come up with a framework to prosecute these guys. It's common knowledge that most of the guys at Guantanamo are nobodies. Many were turned in by bounty hunters. But the guys that Bush transferred to Guantanamo Bay are guys that everybody agrees are bad guys. The sticking point is that they have tortured them for years and the evidence against them is totally tainted by rendition and torture. These are guys that people definitely want to see put on trial. By moving them to Guantanamo Bay, Bush is basically challenging Congress and saying, 'If you want to put Khaled Sheikh Mohammed on trial, you're going to have to retroactively authorize torture, rendition, and the black site program.'

If Congress does authorize the president's version of the bill, they're not only retroactively authorizing torture, they're creating a legal framework for the future. That would create a system where disappearing and torturing people would become a part of the law."

Remember that little tidbit from the Gettysburg Address? "A government of the people, by the people, for the people..."

I am appalled by what is being done in my name.


At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Dr. Pants said...

It's a treat all right.

And thank god for straw men attacks, too, so that if you question torture or war or signing statements or anything else, you're asked why you love the terrorists so much.

"You're so worried about the terrorists' safety?"

Well, yeah. I don't like the idea of anybody getting tortured. And something tells me we're not exactly winning the hearts and minds of the people by taking their innocent cousin, locking him up for four years and burning his genitals with an iron poker, either.

At 3:45 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

You had to throw in the iron poker, didn't you? You bastard.

At 4:02 PM, Anonymous turtle said...

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At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This shit totally burns me up! I think we need to ignore the Geneva Convention, toss out our Constitution and start the f-ing over. Does anyone want to start coming up with some new color choices? Red, white, and blue just don't cut it for me anymore.


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