::big speech

7 09 2006

Let me just open this up with a quote:

“…The United States does not torture. It’s against our laws, and it’s against our values. I have not authorized it — and I will not authorize it. Last year, my administration worked with Senator John McCain, and I signed into law the Detainee Treatment Act, which established the legal standard for treatment of detainees wherever they are held. I support this act. And as we implement this law, our government will continue to use every lawful method to obtain intelligence that can protect innocent people, and stop another attack like the one we experienced on September the 11th, 2001.”

George W. Bush

September 6th, 2006

And just for fun, I’d like to follow that up with an excerpt from a little something called a Presidental Signing Statement:

“The president, as commander in chief, can waive the torture ban if he decides that harsh interrogation techniques will assist in preventing terrorist attacks.”

So we know for a fact what we’ve known as speculation for almost a year now: The CIA kidnaps people in our name–make that your name–they kidnap people in your name, and hold them in secret for months while using alternative sets of procedures with which to extract information out of them. 

We can’t be told what these alternative procedures are; security reasons, you see.  But the procedures we usually use don’t work, so we know what the procedures aren’t.  The alternative procedures the President referred to do not include any of the following:

  • The use of attack dogs

  • Humiliation

  • Degredation

  • Deficating on the Quran

  • Simulating rape

  • Female interrogators stripping down

  • Female interrogators pretending to wipe menstral blood on prisoners

  • Falsely telling prisoners their families have been captured and\or killed because of them

  • Forcing prisoners to remain in painful positions for hours or even days
  • Depriving prisoners of food and water
  • Forced isolation of prisoners

None of these practices were used.  We used alternativesWe did.  You and me, us and them.

But one thing you can be sure of, everyone, is that we are safer now that this type of thing is being done around the world to hundreds or thousands of people.  Or only one–does it matter?  If we throw away our priciples for one occassion, why not despense with them altogether?

Stalin had something to say about that idea, and I think it rings true here.

One death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic.

Joseph Stalin

But what we are after here is order.  Safety.  Control. 

Liberty breeds danger, after all.






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