Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Ground We Stand On

It is our sad feeling here at the Burning House that we are going to whitewash the outgoing administration's use of torture. Nothing will be done, and a precedent will be established for a future Administration that commits war crimes.

The new Attorney General, Eric Holder, concurred in his confirmation hearing that waterboarding is illegal torture. He strongly rejected the contrived "ticking bomb" scenario used to put a heroic face on torture. Unfortunately, he also revealed the rationale the Obama Administration will use to sweep war crimes under the rug: "We don't want to criminalize policy differences that might exist between [the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration]."

Policy differences?

No. No. No. No. No.

Crimes. Violations of domestic law (i.e. our own), and international law. These are not "policy differences." Why is this man talking like George Bush's lawyer? Policy differences??

As Jonathan Turley says in the clip below: if our laws mean anything, we must apply them. Let the investigations be fair, and if crimes can be proven, hold the culprits accountable. The crimes that have been committed in our name are not "policy differences" -- they are a blow to the moral ground we stand on as a union. We need an orderly enquiry and, where appropriate, rigorous legal trials.

What kind of sick comfort are the Democrats seeking for themselves?

Like Turley says, if we just sweep it under the rug, these will not remain the crimes of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney. They will become our crimes. Perhaps they already are.

1 comment:

quid said...

I agree wholeheartedly. For as long as I draw breath, what we have done will live in our American shame. Policy differences ... a sad compromise.

I do not believe the world will stand idly by if we do not raise this to the level where we seek the truth, wherever it leads us, and punish the shameful.

I must be in an "eye for an eye" mood.