Not Losing Sight of the Forest for the Trees
For the past several weeks, I've been listening to former Vice President Dick Cheney, who apparently has decided to personify the Ghost of the Administration Past, appearing almost weekly to offer his opinions, as he attempts 'C.O.A.', in this case, the 'O' is for 'Our' instead of a 'Y' for 'Your', for the Bush administration's past misdeeds.
The Bush administration, on all levels including the Executive Branch, as is now being revealed, was involved in helping to shape the torture policy, which began by denying those captured were prisoners of war, during the course of the Bush administration waging the War on Terror also known as the War Against Terrorism, as no war had been declared, in the traditional sense, against any specific nation.
This questionable logic denied those captured to be accorded any of the rights listed in the Geneva Conventions, which the United States of America helped to create.
Shaping how those captured could be tortured, through the use of the Bush administration's Department of Justice legal team writing and creating memoranda, in a series of steps with stunningly dazzling arrogant and misguided prestidigitation, it was argued that torture was not torture as long as the intent of the 'interrogator' was not to cause “.... severe physical and mental pain or suffering”, which would indicate any other types of pain, whatever it may be, would be acceptable and not torture, if it were not deemed to be 'severe'.
Lost in the forest of denial, focused on attempts to justify the administration's misdeeds by claiming the misdeeds were successful, the former Vice President of the United States is trying to lead the country and its citizens into the woods with him.
As it relates to torture, which was conveniently renamed “enhanced interrogation techniques” during the Bush administration, its use ignores the federal law of the United States as well as international law against the use of torture, with the International Committee of the Red Cross confirming the prisoners they examined at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba were tortured, prisoners that had been previously held at known sites, like Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo and unknown sites called 'Black sites', located around the world, 'Black sites' being secret prisons into which those captured were 'disappeared' and held without trial, many for as long as seven years.
Discussing the alleged benefits of and poisonous fruits gathered from the illegal use of torture, as former Vice President Cheney seeks to do, obfuscates the reality that it is the illegality of torture that is at the heart of these matters.
To argue contrary to that actuality serves to compound the misguided Bush administration policies, essentially aiding and abetting the original crimes perpetrated.
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