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Friday, April 11, 2008

TORTURE Shame overwhelms me when I read about the USA's institutionalization of torture as US policy from the top.

I find it extremely difficult right now this minute to contain my anger, and probably should not be writing. But this is so far beyond outrageous, so clearly in defiance of USA as democratic country under the rule of law, putting the USA, me, a USA Veteran, in the same category of criminal as any Hitler, Pinochet, or Milosevic, or SS guard.

I have watched movies in Turkey where we have become the international standard of evil, replacing Mengele and the SS and the Rape of Nanking or the Death March of Batan as archetypes of the worst that a human can descend to, with our Prince Vlad being our own Darth Cheney and our wicked witch being our own Dr. Condor Lisa. [what no part for Cardinal Rove?] And it is not fun to see the recognition in all the faces of all the theatre goers and know they see me as that.

As a US service connected 100% disabled veteran, the hopelessness and the shame I feel personally is simply overwhelming. God, I wish I had died. It is a shame that truly is existential.

And it only makes it all that worse that the Democratic Party seems congenitally unable to take these things any more seriously than a cartoon side show. "It's the economy, stupid" I thought it was all about being human. What happened to "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, " """...of the people by the people for the people,..."""... not the money market fund and the SUV.

The bankruptcy of America's economy is the direct consequence of these talks about torture: these gauleiters, the inner half dozen knew that if they could make torture acceptable to people, then anything else is small potatoes, and while we tortures, we also made it legal to lie to poor people about how much interest they were going to pay, and it became small potatoes to make it legal for "banks" Like Bear Sterns simply to lie about "securities" which had no value from the git go.

A recession is the least of our worries as we as a society will pay for the rest of this century. The Civil War did not end slavery, and we still pay to this day for what we did then. The 21st Century will be the American Century in ways we have not yet begun to imagine, but our greed as a nation has already created a China Olympics celebration or their complete contempt of the values we threw away.

Bush and Rice and Cheney all personally profit from their personal positions of personal power in oil, oil related, mining, diamond, coal, and other corporate entanglements, as do the Black Robe Gang of Five who appointed them and this Regency, and we walked away as they sold us out lock stock and barrel in a fire sale after September 11th, to the Chinese and the Dubai and to the Middle East holders of the dollar, who have knowingly financed this war, knowing they will win it.

The war was over in three weeks. What goes on now has long stopped being anything resembling any war in history. It is torture, and the intention was murder by torture, death of conscience and integrity and moral decency.

Even Ashcroft the KKK knight was ashamed.

Associated Press report: Cheney, Rice, Powell, Ashcroft all together in the White House decided in fine detail that everything except outright deliberate murder is OK by the CIA and the military

washttp://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iA8mY9rbbDdKUe1Y9KObwHhqr9YgD8VVCEG80— Bush administration officials from Vice President Dick Cheney on down signed off on using harsh interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists after asking the Justice Department to endorse their legality, The Associated Press has learned...snip...The meetings were held in the White House Situation Room in the years immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks. Attending the sessions were Cheney, then-Bush aides Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA Director George Tenet and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice...snip...The former intelligence official described Cheney and the top national security officials as deeply immersed in developing the CIA's interrogation program during months of discussions over which methods should be used and when.

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