Sunday, February 13, 2005


The drumbeat has become too relentless to ignore: A steady stream of Muslim men tell of being kidnapped by mysterious Americans, transported to unknown locations and tortured.
The disgusting implication is that the United States government has adopted "outsourced" torture as a policy. I have not yet received the issue of The New Yorker in which Jane Mayer discusses this revolting activity.
But if this proves true, I will be abjectly ashamed to be a citizen of a country that not only condones but facilitates torture. Of anyone. For any reason.
No. Suspected terrorist ties -- or even proven terrorist ties -- are not justification.
Nothing is. Nothing could be.
We have an obligation -- to God, to ourselves, to the world -- to stand above activities like this. The Bushies love to talk about America as a beacon of liberty. Torture puts out this light.