The QiRanger Adventures

You can’t have it both ways…

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I’ve never supported the “War on Terror” because I thought it was ill-conceived. The Bush administration was right in that it needed to go after threats to the United States, but did so in such an unorganized manner that it made the country look foolish and was entirely ineffective. Probably the most destructive thng the previous administration did was use torture as a tactic on prisoners.

This past week the Associated Press broke a story that the Obama Administration is launching a criminal investigation on the “harsh interrogation” techniques that were used to see if they crossed any line. Those found guilty of crossing the line could face criminal charges; however, the administration still asserts that it wishes to look forward rather than to the past with regards to this matter.

I find the fact that we’re still discussing this matter shameful. It is widely known what techniques were used in many of the camps, who wrote the orders, and that the Bush Administration approved their use. In every case, the line was crossed as to what is defined as torture.

This post isn’t about the merits of torture (if any) or “doing what is necessary to get the job done and keep America safe.” It’s about the law and what expectations should be.

If our leaders aspire to be ethical, then they must abide by all treaties and standards to which the United States has sworn. In this case, that it will not unduly harm a prisoner or commit acts of torture. If the United States wishes to engage in acts of torture, then the government must publicly acknowledge that it wishes to do so and withdraw from those treaties preventing such actions. Failing to do so makes the government look untrustworthy, unethical, shady, and most importantly, gives the impression that it does not hold respect to the rule of law.

By the same token, the government cannot hold others to standards they have not agreed to. A terrorist organization is under no treaty that prevents them from performing torture. The United States is. This is why the argument, so widely used to justify the United States’ torture methods, falls flat. “Because they’re doing it,” doesn’t matter. The United States is bound not to commit those acts. If the United States wishes to perform acts of torture… go ahead, but do what is required first. Withdraw from all treaties.

In honesty, I don’t see anything coming from this investigation. Obama is really no better than Bush on this issue and it will end up being a whitewash of the facts.

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Written by Steve Miller

August 29, 2009 at 4:35 am

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  1. OMG you cant hold the leaders responsible then no one would run for Pres

    trueblueaustralian

    August 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm


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