I am deeply disappointed today in the President I elected. President Obama is keeping with the old Bush tactics by absolving the CIA of their sins of torture during interrogation.
A “suspect” is just that, suspect…..one we are suspicious of in the course of an action, a crime, even terrorism. One of the wonderful things about America in my opinion is the idea that we’re actually innocent until proven guilty; that the burden of proof is on the prosecutorial team. I know that during war, or a suspect of terror for instance, isnt covered under the same rights that you and I are as citizens. But let’s talk about a suspect, or a prisoner of war’s rights, shall we?
On August 12, 1949, the Geneva Conventions adopted their “Treatment for Prisoners of War.” The Geneva Conventions state, and I quote:
the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to prisoners of war:
(a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
(b) Taking of hostages;
(c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment;
(d) The passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples. And the wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.
(Which the International Red Cross already stated was not always complied with).
According to the information I have read in the Bush memos, and I havent read them in their entirety as of yet, we, the United States, and members of our Central Intelligence Agency, under the Bush administration violated this convention. The U.S., the CIA and all governing bodies involved, including the former President, Vice President, his administration, etc. are guilty of breaking International law. This makes us no different than North Korea with their nukes or Iran’s threat to destroy Israel.
For President Obama to forgive and move on in a matter of speaking is not only unbecoming the conduct of a sitting President, it makes him no different than a Bush Washington insider. It also gives the CIA a green light to torture in the future, threatens our climb back to the level of respect we as a nation once received from the world; and hurts our own military or citizens who might be kidnapped or arrested and held as hostages or prisoners, whether in a time of war, or in a time of peace. (Which the conventions specifically state the above mentioned applies to). I am deeply disappointed and have lost both trust and respect for my President today.
Leslie Marshall, Host
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