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Torture is not an American Value

2009 April 8
by American

Reading through this article and the actual report makes me ill.  This is not the America that I believe in.  Yet, sadly, it happened all the same. The Red Cross says the United States tortured detainees.

The Red Cross Torture Report: What It Means – The New York Review of Books

Giving up our values in the name of security is not acceptable. If we sacrifice who we are and what we stand for as a nation while trying to protect ourselves we have lost all the same.

I’m certainly in no position to judge if any of these men were good men caught in the wrong place. However, for the sake of argument assume they were the bad guys. What did we gain by sacrificing our ideals, violating international law, and damaging our credibility internationally? As it turns out not much at all.

Detainee’s Harsh Treatment Foiled No Plots – The Washington Post

President Obama has said that we do not torture. Hopefully, that is in fact true today. Unfortunately, that was not the policy of the previous administration. Something needs to be done to right the wrongs of the last eight years.

When can we have the long overdue investegation into the activities of the Bush administration?

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