Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Panetta

Via Mother Jones, your new CIA Director Leon Panetta in 2007:

How did we transform from champions of human dignity and individual rights into a nation of armchair torturers? One word: fear.

Fear is blinding, hateful, and vengeful. It makes the end justify the means. And why not? If torture can stop the next terrorist attack, the next suicide bomber, then what's wrong with a little waterboarding or electric shock?

The simple answer is the rule of law....

Those who support torture may believe that we can abuse captives in certain select circumstances and still be true to our values. But that is a false compromise. We either believe in the dignity of the individual, the rule of law, and the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, or we don't. There is no middle ground.

2 comments:

  1. Wow Jason. Nice post. I hope he means that quote. No mealy-mouthing there. I'll be damned, that is hope! The last guy scared the crap out of me:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGhcECnWRGM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajmCoN5WqQg&feature=related

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  2. It will be interesting to see what he soes with this:
    http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-12-24/columns/obama-s-black-widow/
    In the last election, I couldn't vote for either top R/D candidate because they both voted for the FISA bill. I'd love to see this administration "CHANGE" that forever

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