Saturday, November 12, 2005

Denial Won't Abolish Torture

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. answers President George Bush’s preposterous assertion, “We do not torture.”

“...In the name of fighting terror we have terrorized, and in the name of defending our values we have betrayed them. We have imprisoned Muslims in America and refused to say if we had them, why we had them or even to provide them attorneys. We have passed laws making it easier for government to snoop into what you read, whom you talk to, where you go. We have equated dissent with lack of patriotism, disagreement with treason.

“And we have tortured.

“Yes, Bush says we don't do that kind of thing but, to paraphrase Groucho Marx, who you going to believe, him or your lying eyes?”

Click here to read the excellent piece.

1 comment:

curmudgeon said...

Even McCain leaves an option for torture in his bill. "what if the terrorist has planted a bomb in the "24" tv series scenero, for example?" McCain says we would allow for torture and just look the other way if such an event happens. The main issue is advertising to the enemy they need not FEAR torture. We already have laws under the Geneva Convention against it, but if you turn Guantano into Club Med, hell you might as well give the bastards plane tickets and box cutters. I say hand them all over to Isreal and ship them over in a boat full of pigs.