Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Supreme Court Ruling Means Torture May Return

Washington's Blog

Dec. 15th, 2009

The Supreme Court has just ruled that four Guantanamo prisoners cannot sue the government for torture. The Center for Constitutional Rights notes:

It is an awful day for the rule of law and common decency when the Supreme Court lets stand such an inhuman decision. The final word on whether these men had a right not to be tortured or a right to practice their religion free from abuse is that they did not. Future prospective torturers can now draw comfort from this decision. The lower court found that torture is all in a days’ work for the Secretary of Defense and senior generals. That violates the President’s stated policy, our treaty obligations and universal legal norms. Yet the Obama administration, in its rush to protect executive power, lost its moral compass and persuaded the Supreme Court to avoid a central moral challenge. Today our standing in the world has suffered a further great loss.
Read more here.

[When we rationalize the use of torture as we have in the past, we have lost our way as a nation and have become an enemy of the world. There is no justifying torture. It is most often used by the most totalitarian of states. I love the smell of fascism in the morning! Oh, and don't forget, if they label you an enemy of the state, they can torture you too! YOU WILL OBEY!!!]

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