“i believe in pink. i believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. i believe in kissing, kissing a lot. i believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. i believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls…”—(via tiger milk) (via tenderbuttons)
And not just the timelines or the descriptions. Take an hour or two and sit down and force yourself to read what they did and how they justified it. It is horribly distressing if you are a human being. If you are a Bush supporter politically, please try to step beyond your political stripes and read what was done in your name as a citizen of this country. And truly ask yourself if this was the shining city on the hill your beloved Gipper talked about…
The highest members of the former administration should be in jail. And those who followed these orders at the CIA, which clearly circumvent the UN Convention Against Torture, need to be in jail. We broke domestic laws and we broke international laws we are signatories to, and people should go to jail because of it.
This was done in all of our names by our government. If you are fine with “looking to the future” and not holding anyone accountable for what happened then you are condoning it and saying it is okay that it happened. And that it is okay if it happens again when the chips are down. And if you are going to take that position, at least have the balls to go read these memos, so you will have the faintest idea of what you are condoning in the name of freedom and democracy.
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Here’s a sample (emphasis mine)…
FEB. 2 A memorandum from William H. Taft IV, the State Department’s legal adviser, to Mr. Gonzales warned that the broad rejection of the Geneva Conventions posed several problems. “A decision that the conventions do not apply to the conflict in Afghanistan in which our armed forces are engaged deprives our troops there of any claim to the protection of the conventions in the event they are captured.” An attachment to this memorandum, written by a State Department lawyer, showed that most of the administration’s senior lawyers agreed that the Geneva Conventions were inapplicable. The attachment noted that C.I.A. lawyers asked for an explicit understanding that the administration’s public pledge to abide by the spirit of the conventions did not apply to its operatives.
The theme I hear from torture defenders is that torture makes us safer. This could not be further from the truth.
Torture makes us weak, it makes us a second class country, it takes away our rights at home and abroad, it makes us more prone to attack, and it invites more terrorism in our country.
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