Saturday, October 6, 2007

Wasn't the Bush Presidency Torture Enough

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I feel as though I'm preparing to write a middle school term paper titled: The Biggest Coward I Ever Met. Make no mistake, people who authorize underlings to carry out brutal torture on even the most despicable of enemies is as gutless an act as humanity ever devised. Think about it, an individual, or usually a group of individuals, physically and mentally abusing a defenseless and shackled human being for the alleged purpose of gathering information. Take a moment to recall the events of last month when Michael Vick was forced to plead guilty. He will soon be sentenced to federal prison for torturing DOGS. The Federal Government along with every state in the union has criminal statutes on the books banning the intentional torture of all animals. I can only assume, the Bush Administration attorneys would argue they're not torturing animals, they're torturing human beings that they and they alone have labeled enemy combatants. These so called enemies have never been granted access to an attorney, never been informed as to what they are being charged with, never been granted a hearing before a judge and never had a right to defend themselves in a trial.

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Before anyone dare say for one moment that these are all violent terrorists whose sole purpose in life is to kill Americans, I urge you to seek immediate medical attention and have your head surgically removed from your ass. Access to a constant flow of oxygen is in no way overrated. I fully realize some of these people are everything they're being accused of being and more, but once we as country quietly stand by and do nothing, we become what we condemn and lower ourselves to the level of those we claim superiority over. Once we cross that line in the sand and sanction the torture of others, we must accept others reciprocating in kind. Something makes me think our courageous government and its supporters would not react positively to video taped footage of enemy combatants performing the same kinds of brutal torture on our troops. Isn't what's good for the goose, good for the gander as well? Not in this case, Sparky. Like so many other illegalities of this corrupt, constitutional threatening government, torture is a one way street straight to hell. We're good, so therefore we can. They're bad, so therefore they can't.

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In December of 2004, the U.S. Justice Dept publicly declared torture “abhorrent” in a legal opinion. Bush appeared to have abandoned his assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations. But two months later, Alberto Gonzales was inexplicably confirmed as Attorney General. The Justice Dept. issued another opinion, this one however, was kept secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever to be used by the CIA. The new opinion, the officials said, for the first time provided explicit authorization to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures. Bush's rubber stamp lap dog, Mr. Gonzales, approved the legal memorandum on “combined effects” over the objections of outgoing deputy AG James Comey, who announced his resignation over repeated unethical actions of the White House. Comey warned Justic Dept. colleagues they would be ashamed once word of what was going on would inevitably come to light.

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Justice Dept. officials have verified that Gonzales rarely if ever resisted pressure by Dick Cheney and his counsel to do exactly what they wished, regardless of the legality, the condemnation of other governments, human rights groups and Democrats in Congress. Critics say Mr. Gonzales allowed his agency to become nothing more than an extension of the Bush White House, thoroughly undermining the department’s independence. Bush continues to justify his contempt of Constitutional protections merely by citing the events of 9/11. Bush feels he is free to violate every accepted application of laws that have been in effect for more than 200 years, by simplistically stating the rules changed on 9/11. I fully understand what kind of people Bush, Cheney and their minion of marionettes are, but what I refuse to acknowledge is how our other two branches of government have so willingly submitted to castration by one of the least popular and most dysfunctional administrations in history.

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It has been documented over and over what craven cowards Bush, Cheney and the overwhelming majority of the right wing, yellow bellied sap suckers are. Their main commonality has always been the cowardly ways in which they all managed to avoid military service to our country. I'm convinced this is why they find it so easy to hide behind the figurative skirt of America while manipulating people just like them and pliable underlings to commit acts they lacked the backbone to ever do beyond their effeminate fantasies. No matter how much hatred you may have justifiably had towards your enemy on the field of battle, a small part of you had a begrudging respect for them as well because even though they didn't share your ultimate goal, they at least shared your courage and conviction to fight for their beliefs. George Bush will never understand that principle. He once again got his family to bail him out of a tough spot just like they did every step of his life. He sits on the sidelines ordering otherwise decent men to carry out indecent acts. With full knowledge, he allows good men to extract any information through any method from the kind of men he never could be.

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Life isn't exactly like the movies. A man being violently tortured will eventually tell his torturers whatever they want to know when their pain becomes all they feel. Michael Vick punished defenseless dogs because he felt justified in doing so. George Bush punishes human beings because he feels the same justification. Throughout the history of man, academics have debated why good men and women sit idly by as evil is allowed to flourish. Why don't people care as much about the current state this country is in as they do about the current state Britney Spears is in? That's easy, they're stupid. I'm a serious intellectual who's mostly concerned as to whether or not Britney will regain joint custody of her children. It's that all consuming worry that tortures me...

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