Torture Corrupts

Today’s torture news:

United States runs a secret network of torture facilities, including some in formerly Communist countries (said on good authority to be Poland, Romania).

A a top-level al-Qaida operative escaped from a maximum-security facility in Afghanistan…and a result can’t be called to testify against the US soldiers who are accused of abusing him.

Excuse me now, I have to go teach students about the rule of law.

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9 Responses to Torture Corrupts

  1. Chuck says:

    A Must Read…

    Comparing Ken Starr’s indictment of Clinton for “public” statements on his innocence, vs the all too many “public” statements by Cheney and Bush on why we should/did go to war against Iraq.

    A Must Read.

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  3. Seth Gordon says:

    “And they looked from pig to man, and from man to pig…”

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  6. Joaquim Barbera says:

    Hey Chuck, directly related to torture, kidnapping and “rendition” (and indirectly to Irak, of course):

    On January 27, 2005 President Bush, in an interview with the New York Times: “torture is never acceptable, nor do we hand over people to countries that do torture.”

    You think this meets the Starr standard? Maybe yes, maybe no; or maybe it’s not a good enough standard. In any case, to me, the question that should be posed now is: what is Alberto Gonzales waiting for to appoint a special counsel to the case? (I believe Fitzgerald’s original mandate is so limited that extending it to cover this matter isn’t feasible.)

  7. BroD says:

    “torture is never acceptable….”
    Thanks for the quote and citation, Joaquim! the VP (and the entire chain of command) seems not to have read this unequivocal statement. Obviously, what we have here is a failure to communicate.

  8. If Poland is involved, we have a nice little procedure under Article 7 of the EU Treaty to kick them out of the Union until they shut that facility down. Romania would face some problems getting anywhere with their application to join the EU. The Commission has announced today that it is asking for answers from all 25 Member States, plus the four candidates (Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey).

    If the White House insists on torturing terror suspects, I think they should operate the facilities somewhere in America, as opposed to defiling the honor of EU Member States, or candidate States.

    The Bush administration should take their torture centers home. They are not welcome anywhere in Europe.

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