I was dumpfounded and angry after watching Senator Kit Bond of Missouri attempt to defend the confusing postion of the Bush Administration on torture of military prisioners airing on PBS newshour tonight.
Bond is the one of the nine Senators who voted against a Senate bill introduced by Senator John McCain of Arizona to outlaw torture of military combatant prisioners. The bill eventually passed the Senate on a 9o to 9 vote.
The main opponent to the bill is apparently Vice President Cheney. Bush when question about his position on the bill during his trip to South America last week stated that "we do not torture". Which seem to be at odds with Cheney's position. That torture by the CIA of military prisoners under certain circumstances should be allowed to continue. He continues to lobby the congress to not pass any laws that would restrict the torture.
I sent the following email to Senator Bond after seeing the PBS report:
Dear Senator Bond,
After seeing you on PBS this evening condoning torture I was compelled to write. In fact I'm discussed.
I'd like you to know that MOST Americans are not as stupid as you seem to think we are when it comes to this issue. You seem to be saying torture is somehow not really torture?
I think you and Vice President Cheney are apparently morally bankrupt. Just like the Bush administration for which you often play the lap dog. I wonder if we'll have a country left in three years after you people get done with it.
I presume you're a Christian person? Would Jesus condone torture? It’s very unlikely. Nor would anyone else who considers themselves ethical or moral.
By taking the position you do, supporting the CIA use of torture, you only lower the moral authority of this country into the cesspool in which our enemies dwell? Is it really worth it in the long run? What does it say to the rest of the world? Does it put our soldiers at risk of being tortured should they be captured?
You say that the methods of torture we use are sort of “like those used in a military boot camp”. You're a bigger fool than I think you are if you try to sell that BS to the American public.
I don't want to be a citizen of a country that uses torture. You should look at the constitution. It happens to say something about cruel and unusual punishment. Something our founding fathers found cruel, repugnant and uncivilized.
P.S. You should probably take that ethics class their giving over at the White House. See if your can get Cheney to go with you!