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Why is it that good kids get prison for pot, but wicked presidents go free after ordering torture?
Why is it that “just following orders” was no excuse at Nuremberg, but the Obama justice department finds it adequate for military abusers in the USA?
As the Michael Vick case demonstrates, we don’t allow most Americans to practice this level of cruelty against dogs. What reason is there for excusing it against fellow human beings?
Is it because they are Muslims that torturing them has no penalty? Is it because they are not white? Is it because they are not US citizens? Is a Muslim life worth less than a Christian or a Jewish or an atheist life? Is a Pakistani or a Uighur less than a dog under American law?
Is it because we don’t really expect presidents to respect the Constitution they swear to defend? But what good is constitutional government if the privileged are not equally restrained by it?
This ruin of innocent lives will never be addressed unless Americans demand it. It can be demanded by following the “take action” link, where there is a simple way to email Senators and Representatives.
No life can be trashed at will by lawless government. Write. Write until the least influential have equal justice with privileged politicians.
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Quick – name one military base of any other nation that camps on foreign soil. One. Just one.
It is scarcely conceivable, as his Guatemalan example illustrates. Yet our nation supports one hundred fifty such bases, at hundreds of millions of dollars per year, each.
Perhaps the answer to Maher’s question springs from something like this:
“We have about 50 percent of the world’s wealth, but only about 6.3 percent of its population … our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity.” – George Kennan, 1948 (architect of much Cold War U.S. foreign policy)
Does that sound like a force for good?
This preliminary step would delay trials 120 days to give the Obama administration time to plan the next step. Judges are not obliged to grant the motion, but should rule quickly on it.
According to Kos, the ACLU is calling for “the withdrawal of charges and an end to the military commissions process, with cases that warrant prosecution proceeding in regular federal criminal courts.”
I am glad for this quick start. Decisive action is an important step toward regaining an America that walks its talk: that all “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”
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