Sunday, April 26, 2009

Why We Tortured

Frank Rich does a nice job of explaining America's descent into the totalitarian tactic of torture. It all boils down to a frantic effort to find evidence linking the 9/11 attacks to Saddam Hussein in Iraq:
"...Maj. Paul Burney, a United States Army psychiatrist assigned to interrogations in Guantánamo Bay that summer of 2002, told Army investigators of another White House imperative: “A large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq and we were not being successful.” As higher-ups got more “frustrated” at the inability to prove this connection, the major said, “there was more and more pressure to resort to measures” that might produce that intelligence.

In other words, the ticking time bomb was not another potential Qaeda attack on America but the Bush administration’s ticking timetable for selling a war in Iraq; it wanted to pressure Congress to pass a war resolution before the 2002 midterm elections."

The Republican politicians and conservative pundits who defend America's torture tactics are indistinguishable from the Germans who acquiesced in the Nazi machinations that led to war and holocaust. Fortunately, our system of government was stronger than Germany's and we were able to dislodge the criminals from their high government offices and bring an end to their malfeasance -- if not (yet) its aftermath. But to allow them to slip into the shadows of history without appropriate punishment -- yes, punishment -- is to ignore the behavior that very nearly destroyed American democracy. And closing our eyes to the truth would encourage the next band of criminals that seeks to seize the reins of power in America.

We, the people, need another Nuremberg trial. Perhaps it could be held at Constitution Hall in Philadelphia.

1 comment:

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