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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

And I thought dubya's presidency was torture

Apparently there are worse things. Reports are coming in of detainees suffering more than just insults. Now there are reports that people suspected of insurgency suffering skin removal and other implements of torture in order to gain knowledge of enemy activities.

I'm all against those who seek to do our country harm, but feel that there's a line that needs to be drawn that seperates them from us, and this line has apparently been crossed.

There are those that say that this is pre-9/11 thinking. I say that if we stoop to their level, we're no worse than they are. If we condone torture of those who may or may not have had anything to do with insurgent activity, then we might as well give up all of our rights as American citizens right here and now.

As it is, the Patriot Act takes away all civil liberites of Americans if the administration suspects that that American's views are contrary to national security. It's only a matter of time until more dissenting Americans are locked up for nothing more than disagreeing with the current administration.

It's not suprising that this attitude is reflected by the Iraqi forces that we're supposed to be training. Rights are something that only the good guys deserve.

I hope there are enough Americans out there who can see that what is happening to these detainees can easily happen to average Americans - detainage without charges or due process of law, and even torture - and they will speak out against the outrage. Let your elected officials know. Show up in force at media events. Anything that will let people know that we in are in dire straiits if things continue the way they are.

This administration is leading us down a path of destruction. More and more people are realizing that. Let's fix that while we still can.

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