Staying Free #1: NO TORTURE

November 10, 2016 § 1 Comment

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Vomiting and Screaming in Destroyed CIA Waterboarding Tapes–BBC

The last time we had a Republican president, we trumped up the huge and idiotic mess of the Iraq war, under the false rationale that Saddam Hussein was using weapons of mass destruction. Then, we tortured captives.

This torture was not initiated by the citizens of the US. Nor was it approved. It was a secret then. But it’s public knowledge today. If we let torture happen under Trump, it’s on us.

True Americans accept the rule of domestic and international law, and promote as much transparency and humanity as can be sanely  and safely allowed, even with prisoners and enemies. It’s our job to get good intel in legal ways–ways that don’t make us evil and stupid. Torture is one of those investigatory methods that’s been proven not to work, aside from being reprehensible to the point of inhumanity.

Here’s what Trump promised about torture back in February:

“OK, folks? You know, I have these guys — ‘Torture doesn’t work!’ — believe me, it works. And waterboarding is your minor form. Some people say it’s not actually torture. Let’s assume it is. But they asked me the question: What do you think of waterboarding? Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than waterboarding. That’s the way I feel. They’re chopping off heads. Believe me, we should go much stronger, because our country’s in trouble. We’re in danger. We have people that want to do really bad things!”
It’s true that we’re in danger. It’s also true that there are people who want to do really bad things. Torture is one of these really bad things. It is vengeance, pure and simple. Let’s not become our own worst enemy. Torture is never okay.
Here are some laws we follow about torture:
INTERNATIONAL: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Article 7 (ratified by USA, 1992)
And here’s a Wiki link to how disgustingly we acted last time a sitting President condoned, and even encouraged, torture:
Please actively support H.R. 3332, now under consideration by the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. Write to the members of the committee, especially to the Republicans. Encourage your friends who live in their states to write to them, too.
We can never again allow torture in our name. Despite Trump’s vow to waterboard accused terrorists, it’s on each of us to prevent this.
NOTE: This article was written quickly; please correct it if you have better info. Thanks.
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§ One Response to Staying Free #1: NO TORTURE

  • anthony caponera says:

    Ja.

    I appreciate your position. I disagree a bit with your analysis of president Bush’s actions.

    With that said, America is in unprecedented waters. We never had an agency of our government do a coup de etat of our presidency. Clearly, the Federal Bureau of Investigations partisan actions 11 days before a presidential election is more concerning to our republic and is telling of things to come, something that your dear mother and my music teacher narrowly escaped a generation ago

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