The president did
approve of it. He approved of it to the level of highly promoting the guy who wrote the documents allowing it.
The situation in this country right now, to be frank, is ridiculous, re: torture. 3/4 of the country has no idea that we're doing it, 10% are outraged, 15% think we should be torturing more
people. This isn't good. The major news networks aren't picking up this story; they are afraid of the implications.
In the last week, I've heard these three things on cable news, talking about it:
Bobblehead on Coast to Coast
: "How can we be expected to fight the war on terror when we have one hand tied behind our backs by the law?"
: "Now, concerning the possible
practice of shipping terrorists overseas to countries where they might
be tortured; is this legal? We'll ask the judge..." Judge
: "Illegal, but you won't be seeing any enditements."
: "I, personally, think we should be doing more torture here in the states, and forget about sending them abroad."
I was left speechless every time. Do people really believe that torture, which has been shown to not be extremely effective in garnering useful
information, is a step that we should be resorting to here at home? I mean, are we in Bizzaro world?
I grew up in a world where we were better than the Communists, b/c we didn't mess with other gov'ts like they did. And we didn't torture and disappear people like they did. Now we do both, and how am I supposed to feel about my country?
Why as non-US citizens should they be allowed to have trials for possible acts of terrorism? If they are suspected then let them be questioned and then released. I'm alomost positive that we just wouldn't grab various people for no reason. There had to be a reason for what happened.
Think very carefully about what is wrong with what you've said in this paragraph. I mean, truly, truly WRONG. I know that we disagree from time to time on the boards, but I don't think you're a bad guy at all; but this paragraph has a lot of moral issues that should be addressed.