Thank you for your response, but...Larry...[Gabon Discussion] Digest Number 345
- Thank you for your reply's to my question. I stated in my original email
that "I know", referring to how to "return" to NOVEMBER. 1962.
My answer and knowledge will not be understood by so many of you
"intellectual garu eggheads", or you "liberal-soft on crime minds" but the answer is to
accept the TEACHINGS, & FOLLOW the LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST!!!
Please, ALL of you "eggheads" & "liberals" don't embarrase yourself and even
reply to this revelation of knowledge, unless you want to TURN YOUR LIFE
OVER TO JESUS CHRIST!
JESUS IS ALIVE IN 2005!!!!!
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- Where America stands, what America does By Jim Mullins
Exit polls taken during the Nov. 2 presidential election indicated
that most Bush voters quoted "moral values" as the prime motivation
for their vote. This is difficult to understand in view of the wide
publicity given to rampant torture at Iraq's Abu Graib prison,
Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. Torture that was illegal under the
various Geneva Conventions and a war crime mandated by the 1996
Congressional War Crimes Act -- but apparently condoned by a "moral
values" president in actions taken under his authority as commander
Torture is immoral under any circumstance. It is a degrading and
inhuman act that deprives those tortured of their basic human
dignity. It inflicts unbearable physical pain without mercy by
chaining them in fetal positions in their bodily waste, in extreme
cold or heat without clothing, food or water in blinding light or
total darkness and ear-splitting sound. It attacks the tortured's
sense of self-worth and identity as a human being by forcing them to
commit sexual acts or to eat out of toilets.
These are acts known to the world as committed by U.S. forces or
mercenaries. The International Red Cross reported these
transgressions long before conscience-stricken U.S. soldiers revealed
the horrific pictures being passed around as souvenirs.
We now know that the CIA had "ghost detainees" hidden from Red Cross
inspectors in secret prisons around the world. And that some were
blindfolded and put on planes at Guantanamo under the pretense that
they were being flown to another country known to torture with
impunity and flown back to Guantanamo to be tortured again.
Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was charged with using
Chilean hospitals where those tortured nearly to the point of death
were revived by doctors in order to endure more of the same. Pinochet
is now being prosecuted in Chile for war crimes. American medical
professionals are reportedly involved in aspects of torture in
Rendition describes the process of taking a suspect from one state's
jurisdiction to a state where torture is condoned and practiced. The
United States has planes flying around the world engaged in this
illegal, criminal and despicable act.
In June 2003, on U.N. International Day in Support of Victims of
Torture, President Bush said "Freedom from torture is an inalienable
human right, and we are committed to building a world where human
rights are respected and protected by rule of law America stands
against and will not tolerate torture. We will investigate and
prosecute all acts of torture and undertake to prevent other cruel
and unusual punishment in all territory under our jurisdiction."
Note jurisdiction and the evident hypocrisy, for Guantanamo is on
Cuban territory and his administration insists that U.S. law has no
jurisdiction and provides no protection to U.S. war prisoners
incarcerated there. An obvious contradiction.
According to published reports, the U.S. intends to hold prisoners at
Guantanamo for an unlimited time without trial. Afghan fighters swept
up in the invasion of Afghanistan after 9-11 lost the rights under
the Geneva Conventions by a sophistry that they were not prisoners of
war but "enemy combatants." Now, useless and expendable after three
years of torture, they won't be released because the whole sordid
story, as now told by a few released Australian and British
prisoners, would shock the world.
Despite President Bush's words about "freedom from torture and
inalienable human rights," he nominated as attorney general -- our
top U.S. law enforcement official -- his former legal counsel,
Alberto Gonzales, who provided him with memos authorizing torture
designed to circumvent the Geneva Conventions as "quaint and
obsolete" and the U.S. War Crimes Act as inapplicable.
It is clear that responsibility for torture committed by American
soldiers cannot be confined to "a few bad apples."
America's young men and women -- deceived into believing that Iraqis
caused the terrorist horrors of 9-11 and ordered to "soften up"
prisoners -- are shouldering the blame for American departure from
civilized behavior when the blame goes to those at the top.
President Truman said that the buck stopped at his desk. President
Bush acknowledges no mistakes and insists that his re-election was
his "accountability moment." Not taking responsibility for torture
committed by impressionable young soldiers is an abdication of moral
conduct that he should be held accountable for by the American
Jim Mullins is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy
in Washington, D.C., and a resident of Delray Beach.