Original post made by Jag Singh, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Sep 11, 2006
The Bush administration has now admitted the existence of secret foreign torture dungeons, euphemistically called black sites. This comes as a huge embarrassment to our so called European allies who have steadfastly denied the existence of such ‘black holes.’ It is puzzling why the Europeans would choose to cooperate and cover-up the criminal conduct of our administration. New guidelines on the interrogation of ‘enemy combatants,’ euphemistically referred to as an "alternative set of procedures" for detainees forbidding water –boarding (simulated drowning), hooding and snarling dogs implies that these despicable practices were previously approved by this administration – a clear violation of the Geneva Convention which strictly forbids cruel and unusual punishment of detainees. Our great nation, symbolized by the Statute of Liberty, was once the most admired democracy in the world. Sadly, we have now become the pariah of the world despised for our support for despotic regimes such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan, and the brutal treatment of prisoners. We have clearly lost our moral compass allowing our administration and their corporate benefactors to subjugate smaller, weaker nations to relieve them of their precious resources at the barrel of a gun. For shame!