What Have We Become?

WaterboardingMike Mukasey finds the idea of torture, including waterboarding, repulsive. That he won’t agree to make it illegal, should he become Attorney General, is something I find repulsive.

Mukasey says he needs to study the problem from a legal standpoint, not a personal one. What has he been doing since he was nominated a couple months ago to replace Alberto Gonzales? He must have known for a long time now that he would be asked questions about the current Administration’s stance on the use of certain interrogation techniques.  Hasn’t he done his homework yet?

Nothing comes to mind that has ruined U.S. credibility more in the world’s eyes than our country’s recent and admitted use of rendition and torture. How we continue to cloak this in inveigled rhetoric astounds me.

I have become embarrassed for our country whenever the State Department condemns China or Burma or North Korea or any other country for their human rights violations, without regarding its own policies as hypocritical and antithetical to this cause. What have we become since 9/11?

There are few issues in my life that frustrate me to the point of screaming; this is one of them.  I am waiting for the protest march on Washington, and will probably take a few days off to join them.  I am ashamed at our country’s stance on torture.


3 Responses to What Have We Become?

  1. Brenda says:

    I can’t believe that some people think that this is so wrong. Do you remember what these people have done! Do you realize what some punishments are in other contries? What about punishment for the crime that was committed? The people that are held in these facilities have been very violent towards others. What, should we just “roll over”?

  2. Todd says:

    This waterboarding issue is a joke. Really? My brother and his friends did this to me when I was 7 and I tattled on them. we actually did a playful version of this almost daily in the summer.(dunking someones head up and down in a swimming pool so they think they can’t catch a breath) it’s really annoying but only scary when your a little kid, or a terrorist who can’t swim. then add a big angry American who lost a friend on 9/11 and you have yourself a really scary yet completely harmless way of getting someone to talk.

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