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Friday, January 23, 2009

Dick's Bad Back - Oh The Torture!!!


It was quite a surprise to see the Dark Lord (Dick Cheney) in a wheelchair for the inauguration. News reports said that he injured his back while moving boxes into his new digs.

Now, don't you just wonder what's in some of those boxes. Do you suppose he slipped just a few remotely, possibly incriminating notes, memos, and scribbles on shotgun shell casings that he didn't want anyone to see?? And then, just as one of the movers reached for the one with "TORTURE STUFF" written on it, he grabbed for it, snarling, "Don't touch that!" And then, SNAP, leaving the poor fellow doubled over in tortuous pain. That's probably the closest he has come to feeling the kind of horrific pain most victims of his torture legacy must have felt. It's hard to imagine that a person such as the (one time) VP would be moving things himself, isn't it? Well, enough about Dick; just a little fun food for thought.

Perhaps someone should perform a ritual cleansing of The White House (with incense and all that sort of stuff) to purge those hallowed halls of all the bad karma that the previous administration left behind. But then again, perhaps the NEW administration will have to do that through its own positive actions. At least President Obama is off to a good start issuing executive orders outlawing torture, banning secret CIA prisons, and calling for the closure of the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay.

Congress should support the president's action by passing legislation to affirm U.S. compliance with international laws against torture and to restore enduring legal standards. Send an email urging your senators to cosponsor the Lawful Interrogation and Detention Act (S. 147), which would support the closure of the Guantánamo Bay prison, end secret detentions, prohibit interrogations of detainees by government contractors, and require greater cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross.



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