Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Contradicting my previous post...

...here's a very fine column from Counterpunch about how the horrors of torture persist over decades, and ripple through the world.

2 comments:

Bozo said...

What bothers me most about US torture practices is the frontal assault Bush is making on the Constitution and our most elemental beliefs in due process for the "detainees." The Supreme Court has rebuffed Bush twice on these issues, but he (read: Cheney and Gonzales) persists in his effort to work outside the law. With weak-livered Republicans in congress unwilling to buck him-- except for a few heroic souls like Olympia Snow and Chuck Hagel--Bush is beyond the electorate's control right now. And that's scary.

BitterGrace said...

Agreed, Bozo--What's even scarier is that the Dem presidential candidates have very little to say about the issue, while Guiliani and Romney are crowing about how they believe in torture and kangaroo courts even more devoutly than Bush & Co.

The abandonment of due process is horrifying, but torture is so debasing to the torturer, so cruel and animalistic, that it bothers me more. Due process can be restored, but the moral stain of torture cannot be eradicated.