September 29, 2004

Do What?!?

Just when you thought House Republicans couldn't get any more loony, they've now decided that deporting people to places where they may very well be tortured as an interrogation technique is a good thing. You think I'm kidding? Go read this and then get on the horn to your Congressperson, be he/she an R, a D, an I, an L, or a G.

The Republican leadership of Congress is attempting to legalize extraordinary rendition. "Extraordinary rendition" is the euphemism we use for sending terrorism suspects to countries that practice torture for interrogation. As one intelligence official described it in the Washington Post, "We don't kick the sh*t out of them. We send them to other countries so they can kick the sh*t out of them.”

This is outrageous. This is not what America has stood for for 200+ years. Call your Congressperson right now to object. If it's against our laws, we'll just send these (quite possibly innocent) people to someplace where it's not against the law?

Where the hell is their moral compass?

Update: The Washington Post spells this out in detail.

The provision, part of the massive bill introduced Friday by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), would apply to non-U.S. citizens who are suspected of having links to terrorist organizations but have not been tried on or convicted of any charges.

According to the article, Ashcroft's Justice Department "really wants and supports" the provision. Somehow that doesn't surprise me in the least.

I repeat. Where are their morals? This is the party of the religious right; how does this fit in with the teachings of Jesus?

Posted by Linkmeister at September 29, 2004 12:01 PM

Haven't we been doing this for a while?

Posted by: Scott at September 29, 2004 12:16 PM

Sub rosa. This would codify it.

Posted by: Linkmeister at September 29, 2004 12:41 PM


Posted by: Monique at October 3, 2004 02:24 PM