While flying back from Los Angeles I read A Deadly Interrogation, an important and disturbing New Yorker article by Jane Mayer about the C.I.A. using torture outside of the United States.
I urge you to read this article. Now. It’s important that all of us in the US consider how our role in the world is changing and what the ramifications will be in the future. This is very serious stuff.
In response to John McCain’s amendment outlawing torture by the C.I.A. or any other American agency, on or off American soil, President Bush said emphatically: “We do not torture.” He said this while Vice President Dick Cheney was lobbying the Senate to back off on the McCain amendment. They are both liars. We do torture.
How are they justifying this, if not publicly then to themselves?
1. Terrorists are not “people” who are protected by the Geneva Conventions’ anti-torture statutes.
2. It’s against US law to torture people on our soil and we do it in Cuba and Eastern Europe. (McCain’s ammendment would make it illegal for an American to torture anyone anywhere.)
I am furious about this.
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the rest of this “worst in history” administration are not only hateful and mean-spirited but not one of them has ever served in the military and not one of them has the slightest idea of what torture means. They should all be brought before the same court that is hearing the Saddam Husein trial. All of them are war criminals.
My prediction, and I feel nauseous making it, is that if the US continues to torture people as we are, any time a US citizen is captured by terrorists in Iraq or anywhere else, they will be tortured and we will have no legal, ethical or moral leg to stand on.
Note that I said “we” and not “they.” We elected these guys to represent us. Whether we voted for them or not (I did not) they are making US policy that is rapidly changing our place in the world.
I recommend that we push hard to impeach Bush before he does any more damage.