Thursday, September 28, 2006

Contrast

I just watched a PBS documentary about Apollo 8. At the conclusion of the 1968 mission, American flags were given out in celebration. A moment of true pride in what America could do, not just for itself, but for the world.

Today, the U.S. Congress voted to allow the President to define torture, to deny suspects any recourse if they are tortured beyond his definitions, and to deny suspects the right of habeus corpus.

The leader of the ignoble Americans who voted for this legislation accused the opposition of "supporting rights for terrorists." His implication being that any man, woman or child detained by the United States on terrorism charges is guilty. There are no "terrorist suspects" in his eyes. It simply remains for us to extract confessions from those we have imprisoned.

No American flags were handed out today.

3 comments:

Robin Zebrowski said...

Apparently they also voted to absolve the administration of all war crimes committed thus far.

Pretty much leaves me speechless.

Doctor Logic said...

At first, it left me speechless, too.

Now, it leaves me wondering whether the bill also pardons the low ranking scapegoats we prosecuted for abuse at Abu Ghraib. I hope their lawyers are looking at it because the press sure isn't. (Not that I think the low ranking guys aren't guilty of war crimes, but their pardon would draw attention to what Bush and Congress have just done.)

Robin Zebrowski said...

Oh, I see. I didn't immediately see the implications of what you were asking.

Damn.

That'd sure be a nice tip to give to some journalists...