RANGER AGAINST WAR: Anti-torture, American style <

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Anti-torture, American style

It is not a federal crime under new U.S. anti-torture laws to render accused persons to nations which will torture them. If we are against torture, then extraordinary rendition--transporting prisoners for torture--should be a federal crime. The anti-torture bill is a feel-good measure putting a Band-Aid on a gangrenous wound. That wound is the indecency of our involvement in the Iraqi project.

If the Vice President is so in favor of torture, then let him do it...that is, unless he has other priorities. It is interesting that he wants others to do what he himself doesn't have the balls to do. Can you even imagine V.P. Cheney pulling out somebody's fingernails or waterboarding him? It would be impractical for him to do so, because he might get blood on his solid gold Rolex. Shotguns are so much less messy.

Also, I used to think that the present Iraqi government was simply a U.S. puppet, but recently I've changed my mind. I now believe that the U.S. government is the puppet and somebody else is pulling the strings that reach deep into the pockets of every taxpaying American. I wonder who the ventriloquist is.


Blogger O-town said...

actually if you look at American stance on torture you will find that they try to cut down the definition of torture. For example it is ok for an american to allow a prisioner to be tortured as long as it is not in the USA, even if the person is under american custody. It was something very interesting to learn in my International criminal law. I had no idea that the west did not take a stronger stand against torture. right now the US says it torture is ok as long as it is not as painful as an vital organ shutting down.

Friday, March 31, 2006 at 9:23:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Greetings, o-town.

I take exception to the words, "American stance". Please substitute "administration".

As a combat-wounded American, I oppose the concept of torture vehemently. Somewhere in my musings I state that our new anti-torture laws are pap since they do not definitively criminalize rendition and 3rd party torture. welcome to the future.

I find it interesting that generally, those favouring torture never served in the military. Also, the rule of law and traditional concepts of morality are long gone. Abortion is wrong, but killing 30-100 thousand Iraqis is o.k.

Hope to hear from you again, and get the Canadian take.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 11:35:00 AM GMT-5  

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