Monday, 21 April 2008

complicity



We have long known that the Justice Department tortured the law to give its Orwellian blessing to torturing people, and that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved a list of ways to abuse prisoners. But recent accounts by ABC News and The Associated Press said that all of the president’s top national security advisers at the time participated in creating the interrogation policy: Vice President Dick Cheney; Mr. Rumsfeld; Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser; Colin Powell, the secretary of state; John Ashcroft, the attorney general; and George Tenet, the director of central intelligence.

These officials did not have the time or the foresight to plan for the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq or the tenacity to complete the hunt for Osama bin Laden. But they managed to squeeze in dozens of meetings in the White House Situation Room to organize and give legal cover to prisoner abuse, including brutal methods that civilized nations consider to be torture.

(from an editorial in the New York Times)

We all know now. What are we going to do about it? To do nothing would make us complicitous.

2 comments:

evilganome said...

Sadly, I doubt the American public is going to rise up. There is too much of an attitude that "It must be all right. We're doing it. We're the good guys!"

It's a rather sad statement on what is suppose to be the world's greatest democracy.

SubtleKnife said...

There's a great (actually that's not quite the word) quote from Charlie Clements in a post I've been working on since I got back from Spa.

Not long now...