|President Bush's "Decision Points" LTE|
In President George W. Bush’s memoir Decision Points, the former president claims that he said "damn right" when the CIA asked for permission to torture Khalid Sheikh Mohammed by waterboarding him. He also admitted to authorizing waterboarding for other "senior al Qaeda leaders."
With appearances on a one hour NBC interview with Matt Lauer on November 8, Oprah on November 9, and a book tour, articles will appear in newspapers and blogs across the country. This is a great opportunity to submit a letter to the editor.
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In his new biography, Decision Points, former President George W. Bush claims he responded with "damn right" when asked if the CIA should torture Khalid Sheikh Mohammed by waterboarding him. This defense of torture is a sad departure from a moral truth, enshrined in all faiths, that torture is always wrong. All human beings are endowed with dignity and worth which should be preserved rather than destroyed.
Torture does not make us safer; instead its use inspires extremists and victims of torture frequently provide false information. Torture does not make us safer; it makes us a target.
Torture is also against the law. Our nation has ratified the Convention Against Torture, which prohibits the use of torture.
President Bush has admitted to authorizing the use of waterboarding, a technique that violates our nation’s morals and our laws. There is consequently a profound question before the American people: Should we as a nation hold accountable those who violated U.S. law and our most fundamental moral standards?
I join with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture to call for a comprehensive investigation of our nation’s use of torture. Only then can we understand how to prevent it from happening in the future.
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