Sunday, August 01, 2010

Torture Memo: Eight Years On

All from a Country that is based on it's Laws and Constitution to hold it together, was and is the major architect of International Laws and Condemns those who fail to uphold Human Rights and those same International Laws, not to mention that torturing of others for so called intelligence doesn't work but those ordering and those doing get a perverse joy out of carrying out these acts!

Eight years after the torture memo, Obama should take a hard look back

August 1, 2010 Eight years ago today, two Justice Department lawyers -- John Yoo and Jay Bybee -- put the finishing touches on a secret memo to White House counsel Alberto Gonzales with the anodyne title "Standards of Conduct for Interrogation under 18 U.S.C. § 2340-2340A." With this document, better known as the "torture memo," and a second memo issued the same day approving specific interrogation techniques, the United States officially authorized torture for the first time in its history -- including sleep deprivation for up to 11 days straight, confinement in cramped boxes, the use of painful stress positions for hours at a time and waterboarding.

Today, Jay Bybee is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. John Yoo is a tenured law professor at the University of California at Berkeley. And no one responsible for authorizing these tactics has been held to account: not Yoo, not Bybee, not Daniel Levin and Stephen Bradbury, the Justice Department lawyers who succeeded them and continued to authorize brutal techniques until President Obama took office, and not former president George W. Bush and former vice president Dick Cheney, both of whom have, since leaving office, admitted in public statements to giving these tactics the green light. Continued

And then we wonder openly and in many voices, "Why do they hate us so?", as it's all done now openly In Our Names!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You show your naiveté with the "why do they hate us so?" Radical Islam isn't concerned about the treatment of its people at our hands. It is only concerned with "Islamifying" the world. Wake up!! While you are whining about sleep deprivation, Americans died on American soil and overseas. Why don't you show any concern about the Americans who have been tortured, their heads cut off and others hung from bridges? Because you would rather BLAME a country with an open and free society instead of a fascist religion. You an embarrassment to this country and the uniform you used to wear.

James said...

Well there 'anonymous' thanks for the visit, but if stopping by again please enlightened everyone as to how different You Are as to those you're ranting about! Think also, as I'm sure you post the same inane remarks all over, how many soldiers you've gotten killed or maimed as thou rants like those thou fears and hates!!