September 22nd, 2006

Vote hippie!

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.