Monday, May 18, 2009

Defending Torture

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in October 2007, Rear Admiral John Hutson, (Retired Judge Advocate General of the Navy) observed, "torture is the method of choice of the lazy, the stupid and the pseudo-tough. And that should not be the United States. "

It is going to be a long, long time before we live down what was done in our names.

No investigation, no truth commission is ever going to wipe this stain from our national soul.

Even if George Bush, Dick Cheney and the neo-cons, are eventually proven right about going to war with Iraq, they will NEVER, EVER be right about sanctioning torture.

And now, Cheney is running around like a chicken with his head cut off, defending torture!

Torture will never offer us truth or security or even guaranteed useful information. The very dynamics of torture are power, sadism and dehumanization. Torture is the very antithesis of freedom.

Defending torture and doing so insistently, means one's moral compass is pointing straight down to hell.

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