This is Part One. Part Two is next week. Without hesitation I can now say that Rumsfeld and Cheney were/are among the most evil characters to have led the US (astray) in my lifetime, perhaps ever. They have fecklessly compromised what the USA, at its best, really does have to offer the world. They have knowingly embraced what they were commissioned to defend their country against.
As a Christian, I commend An Evangelical Declaration Against Torture: Human Rights in an Age of Terror.
The abominable acts of 9/11, along with the continuing threat of terrorist attacks, create profound security challenges. However, these challenges must be met within a moral and legal framework consistent with our values and laws, among which is a commitment to human rights that we as evangelicals share with many others. In this light, we renounce the resort to torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of detainees, call for the extension of procedural protections and human rights to all detainees, seek clear government-wide embrace of the Geneva Conventions, including those articles banning torture and cruel treatment of prisoners, and urge the reversal of any U.S. government law, policy, or practice that violates the moral standards outlined in this declaration.
Amen, you might say. And, Mister Howard and Mister Downer and Mister Ruddock: exactly where do we stand? Do we “outsource”? Do we keep our hands clean?
Update 7 June
Legal Eagle has a long follow-up post Moral consistency, torture and the Left. I might add I don’t think I am being Anti-American in this entry or in any of the comments that follow, given that there are quite a few Americans who would agree with me.