Even that band of thugs and murderers called the CIA (well, what do you think the CIA does?) is now refusing to obey Bush. Not that they’re bothered by any ethical consideration. Hey, if they were, they wouldn’t have tortured in the past, right? Their quite justifiable concern is they now may get the sorry asses tossed into prison,.
George “More torture, all the time” Bush then transferred all the prisoners away from the CIA to Gitmo where I’m sure US solidiers will have a rollicking good time torturing them in the name of freedom.
This kind of debased behavior does have a way of coming home. A formerly loving husband returns home to his wife after serving military duty which included several months of waterboarding prisoners. She disagrees with something he says so he beats her. The incidence of spousal abuse soars among soldiers returning from war zones, and will be even higher for the alleged humans who tortured prisoners at Gitmo.
Meanwhile, our equally debased Congress debates what kind of torture we should allow, rather than saying the whole subject is abhorrent and torture should never be used period. Then they can’t understand why the rest of the planet sees the US as massively hypocritical. The response from the “loyal opposition”, the Democrats, on opposing torture continues to be more crickets.
We need to protest, make some noise, stop this insanity. Molly Ivins says get arrested if you have to, but this madness has to end. Since most of our legislators are too compromised and mentally diseased to oppose torture, then the people must force them to do so. Not by the ballot, but by people in the streets. Most of Congress initially strongly opposed civil rights. Then millions marched in favor of civil rights – and Congress was forced to act. That’s how you bring real change.
History will not be kind to those who debated how much torture is permissible, and will be even less kind to those who did nothing.
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
— Dante Alighieri