Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Making It Secret Doesn't Mean It's Safe

Today a not so startling revelation was presented by the president. He admitted that, yes, our government has been sponsoring secret prisons run by the CIA. He also said these are a good thing and that they should remain in service. This doesn't shock me, because the abuse of power by this administration is all too common now. They aren't even trying to hide it anymore. And what's worse, it doesn't appear there will be any repercussions from this statement. None. That is total crap.
First, the President admits he had knowledge of secret CIA prisons and that he fully supports them. His excuse was, "In this new war, the most important source of information on where the terrorists are hiding and what they are planning is the terrorists themselves." "To win the war on terror, we must be able to detain, question and, when appropriate, prosecute terrorists captured here in America and on the battlefields around the world." That's great, but we don't own the rest of the world. We are not the police of the world, although we would like to think that. We have no right build/run any sort of prison in another country. It goes against so many international laws. And yet no action appears to be in the works. Mostly because the President didn't say where these prisons are. And of course he wouldn't because he knows they are illegal.
And I'm not buying the whole, "we didn't use torture," line. As far as I am concerned, anything that comes out of that man's mouth is a lie. If we aren't using torture, then why do we have to hide these prisons outside of the country? Why not let some humanitarian workers check these places out to back up your claims? Again, this isn't going to happen because we have something to hide. We are hiding the fact that these men are being held unlawfully on foreign soil and the Geneva convention and the constitution are just toilet paper to the people running them.
When is someone in power or in the Republican party going to grow the balls to stand up the the President. Someone needs to. Instead, by giving one speech and admitting in public of doing something illegal, all is forgiven. Also, most Republicans are too busy trying to run for re-election. If you want anyone to vote for you, I suggest you remove this idiot from office. Of course it may be too late for that. If the anti-incumbent polls are true, all the morons in Congress are in trouble in November anyway.
It is my hope that the Supreme Court will have the sense to keep fighting this abuse of power as they have been. Any legislation to keep these prisons or the one in Cuba running should be struck down. If this government thinks it can keep us safe by conducting secret courts and prisons, it is badly mistaken. We are no better than terrorists if we do these things.

No comments: