Thursday, July 28, 2005

Democrats, be the only party for the Rule of Law

Here's another talking point:
Democrats will be the party of law since the Republicans have abandoned that concept.

If our fellow Americans don't feel bad about the torturing of our enemies, can we at least be honest about this? The people being tortured are "suspected" enemies which do not have enough evidence against them to warrant an arrest under any law of this country. Torturing suspects without evidence, just suspicion is kind of shaky isn't it? Is this America?

Is it a liberal concept that some suspicious looking or acting Arab foreigner shouldn't be detained indefinitely without due process? That actually sounds like a conservative, by-the-book approach.

Is it conservative to spend half a trillion dollars and thousands of American lives (so far) trying to "make nice" and rebuild Arab countries? That actually sounds pretty liberal.

Maybe Democrats are the conservative party after all.

Oh yes, and we won't lie in your face about delegating the war to the military, when we're really orchestrating very unusual legal back doors to undermine our soldiers abilities in the field. Honest to God, can anyone not see that Iraqis can't see our soldiers as the face of freedom and liberty when their job is also to deliver people to the torture chambers? That's the foe, not the friend!

From the NY Times:

Senior military lawyers lodged vigorous and detailed dissents in early 2003 as an administration legal task force concluded that President Bush had authority as commander in chief to order harsh interrogations of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, newly disclosed documents show.

Despite the military lawyers' warnings, the task force concluded that military interrogators and their commanders would be immune from prosecution for torture under federal and international law because of the special character of the fight against terrorism.

In memorandums written by several senior uniformed lawyers in each of the military services as the legal review was under way, they had urged a sharply different view and also warned that the position eventually adopted by the task force could endanger American service members.

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