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July 21, 2009

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And yet our government willingly puts us in the same company as Iran's regime in this regard.

Typo correction: Obama is maintaining the policy of extra-judicial imprisonment of kidnap and torture victims, so it's present continuing tense, not past.

"That day I saw an entire family of brothers sent away - seven in all, I think. One of them was almost certainly retarded...A civilized country and a civilized people cannot presume guilt. Guilt without evidence is anathema to a functioning civil society, and rule of law is vital to win a war that is more about minds than weapons or troops. Pragmatically, a system that incarcerates scores of innocents is a broken one, destined to be fought by those it victimizes."

"Although it borders on banal in the extreme to have to point this out, but detention without due process combined with torture will lead to all manner of horror story. And yet our government willingly put us in the same company as Iran's regime in this regard. Lovely."

Really? You think anything we've done with a few hundred POW's is comparable to this? I don't think we should shirk from the moral (and legal) dilemma we have created, but this, really?

Our government doesn't put us there: we do. We are an evil people. Our leaders, drawn from among us are evil. Our soldiers, drawn from among us are evil. Maybe they don't mean to be evil, but somehow, they keep doing evil things. Because we demand it of them. And because we don't stop them. And because we refuse to punish them after the fact.

This is what the United States is: torturing retarded men until they "confess". I'm so proud.

You think anything we've done with a few hundred POW's is comparable to this?

"Whoever saves a single soul it is as if he saved the whole world."

And I believe the converse is true, too.

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