Friday, June 24, 2005

We now admit to torture. . .

GENEVA (AFP) - Washington has for the first time acknowledged to the United Nations that prisoners have been tortured at US detention centres in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, a UN source said.The acknowledgement was made in a report submitted to the UN Committee against Torture, said a member of the ten-person panel, speaking on on condition of anonymity."They are no longer trying to duck this, and have respected their obligation to inform the UN," the Committee member told AFP."They they will have to explain themselves (to the Committee). Nothing should be kept in the dark."UN sources said it was the first time the world body has received such a frank statement on torture from US authorities.--snip--

Via Suburban guerilla via The Heretik

And it comes to light. Not that there was much question of whether it happened/is happening. It is a question of official acknowledgement. We have an administration that has repeatedly lied. I am not talking about lies about infidelity. I am not talking about lies about dirty even criminal political dealing. I am not talking about lies to cover up covert actions gone wrong. I am talking about systemic disinformation that has led to the breakdown of the United States of America and the foundation of our republic. We are not a nation that tortures, withholds the process of law or discriminates based on religion. Yet under the current political regime we are becoming the antithesis of what we were founded upon. Don't get me wrong, America has never been perfect. We have always had a flawed system regularly perverted to commit atrocities on occasion. But never before have we been so flagrantly pushed beyond perversion to outright breakdown. No longer are we dealing with flaws in need of repair. We are instead becoming that which we detest. While we fight a losing battle in Iraq we tell the world that we have no real problems with the genocide in Darfur. We and the UN have implicitly stated to the world at large that we will do little to nothing to stop state sponsored genocide. We will however lie to the world and the American people about why we are putting the lives of our children at risk in war. We will send them to that war ill-equipped and with no planning. We will send them to their slaughter. Yet we cannot and will not fight a winnable, justifiable war.

This is still a democracy. We are responsible for what we do. I am not talking about simply voting. I am talking about fighting the established regime. I am talking about axing the Republicratic system of government we have accepted as status quo and truly be a democracy. The lesser of two evils is not democracy - it's bad policy against bad policy. We need to wake the fuck up and take democracy back.

DuWayne E. Brayton

1 comment:

Beth said...

DuWayne - I can't help but think your feelings of outrage are politically motivted. Pro-choicers such as yourself want to disassociate themselves from the abortion debate, saying its up to the woman to decide what to do to her body, and there's me trying to defend the baby's body. Much like you try to defend the rights of those detainees who are presumed innocent, and should be treated with dignity and respect, but are not.

Believe me, I know there are pro-life people who inconsistently are for the death penalty and think the terrorists deserve ill treatment. Those people irk me just as much as the inconsistent pro-choicers.

It's lonely on my island...