Well, there’s nothing like using your veto powers in the name of torturing. How proud is everyone today?
President Bush has vetoed a law preventing the CIA using interrogation techniques condemned by many as torture, because it “would take away one of the most valuable tools in the War on Terror”.
This is a good time to remember what Tom Ridge said about waterboarding.
“One of America’s greatest strengths is the soft power of our value system and how we treat prisoners of war, and we don’t torture,” Ridge said in the interview. Ridge was secretary of the Homeland Security Department between 2003 and 2005. “And I believe, unlike others in the administration, that waterboarding was, is — and will always be — torture. That’s a simple statement.”
Once someone has the power to do something…they rarely give it up. As Americans, I think we should hold ourselves to a higher standard and allowing our President to veto a bill to continue to torture goes against everything democracy and America should stand for. When will this 8 year nightmare end?