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legalizing torture

As attorney Glenn Greenwald puts it here, we have finally come to this:

"If this 'compromise' legislation is enacted -- and it can now be stopped only by the invisible, impotent congressional Democrats -- the United States will be a country that has formally legalized torture, and the president's "interrogation program" will continue unimpeded, with firmer legal authorization than ever before. And the American people, through our representatives in Congress, will have embraced and approved of the use of torture. Far and away, it is the impact on our national character that will be the most significant and enduring result from this 'compromise.'"

The New York Times editorial page provides a restrained summary of this horror.

I wonder if writing to our Senators would do any good.

Chris

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sparrowhawk433
Sep. 22nd, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
do or do not
I doubt that writing to your senator will sway this vote at this time, unless there were to be some huge groundswell, but I have emailed my two Senators and I hope you do the same.
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mckitterick
Sep. 25th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Good for you. I need to figure out how to write them....
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mckitterick
Sep. 25th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, give it time, and the Neocons will find a way to say such things about domestic defendants.

"Your honor, due to national-security issues, we cannot disclose how Mr. Hildebrand threatened to harm Americans. As you well know, disclosing that we know something of such importance means that he is damned guilty and deserves to spend eternity in a dark cell without hope of release."

Something like that.

Say, did you read The Handmaid's Tale?
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