20 April 2009

this is America? - pure obfuscation...

land of the free? home of the brave? a christian nation?

Waterboarding Used 266 Times on 2 Suspects
Mr. Hayden [CIA Director for the last two years of the Bush Administration] said he had opposed the release of the memos, even though President Obama has said the techniques will never be used again, because they would tell Al Qaeda “the outer limits that any American would ever go in terms of interrogating an Al Qaeda terrorist.”
NYT, April 20, 2009

i don't remember what show i was watching this weekend but one of the guests speculated on what the reaction would be not if but when a former detainee perpetrated an act of terrorism against the U.S.

both sides will say, "See! I told you so."

and it will fly into the face of the men who fought for the freedom...
Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]... I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.”
- George Washington charge to the
Northern Expeditionary Force,
Sept. 14, 1775

i am sad...

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