Thursday, October 04, 2007

AN AGONIZING COLLISION

Say this, if nothing else, about the current administration -- it really does create its own reality. Not as tasty as making your own gravy (unless you believe Nick Lowe was right about that whole cruel-to-be-kind business), but it's fascinating to watch. Almost funny in a macabre way, until you realize it's happening in the United States.

Thursday's New York Times rolled with a deep, detailed story about the redefinition of torture by this country's leaders. The skinny: Congress outlawed “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment of prisoners. In a legal opinion, the U.S. Department of Justice agreed. But in a secret opinion, Justice said things like waterboarding, sleep deprivation, sensory overload and blows to the head are not cruel, inhuman or degrading.

Problem solved. Secrecy preserved -- until The Times opened a few windows so all of us can see what the government is doing in our names.

Do yourself a favor, if you haven't already. Read the story and go from there.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

If police (and Jack Bauer) can routinely TASER people who get on their nerves, what the heck is going on at gitmo and other locations worldwide?

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Anonymous said...

Screw the New York Times. Why don't you take a frickin' terrorist to lunch, Davis.

Jason said...

He would but there aren't really any good places to get terrorist cuisine in Springfield.

DocLarry said...

Anon 10:04, do you find the activities described in the Times article acceptable if used on a captured American soldier?

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