You know the world is in a sad state of affairs when even Colin Powell is saying President George Bush is going to far.
Though the US Senate (I believe?) just recently passed a bill with the goal of further protecting prisoners of war and terrorists from cruel and unusual “interrogation” tactics, the good ole’ boy Mr. George Bush is trying to force a bill through that would achieve the complete opposite.
The bill which President Bush is trying to push through would see the rights of US interogators protected substantially more so then those of the people being interogated. Colin Powell stated that Bush’s proposed changes to the War Crimes Act would “liberalize the definition of what is torture” and would allow US interogators to use “hypothermia, threats of violence to the detainee and his family, stress positions, ‘long-time standing’, prolonged sleep deprivation, and possibly waterboarding” without any fear of being prosecuted at a later time.
Colin Powell made his thoughts on the matter quite clear and finally disagreed with how far President Bush is going, stating that â€œThe world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism. To redefine Common Article 3 would add to those doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk.â€
I’m glad at least one person in that big white building and weird pentagon shaped building has finally managed to pull their head at least 1/4 of the way out of their ass. It’s things like this that make me utterly discusted with Bush. It really amazes me that he can even get away with trying to push things like this through, how absurd.
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