Public Forum Letter
Updated: 05/15/2009 05:08:23 PM MDT
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is on a media blitz defending "enhanced interrogation." He denies that the United States tortured, even as he acknowledges that detainees were waterboarded. Really? Surely he's aware that the U.S. signed many treaties, including the Geneva Conventions, that prohibit the use of torture. Period.
When he beat the drum for the Iraq war, this man long ago lost any credibility. "Greeted as liberators" ring any bells? Surely, he couldn't expect us to believe him now, as he attempts to sell the notion that, in spite of the Bush administration's abandoning the rule of law and adopting rogue practices, that these policies should be continued?
We can and must protect our nation and troops within the framework of the principles we were founded upon. We are better and smarter than this.
Perhaps the Bush administration underestimated us, but "we the people" will not stand idly by and allow these atrocities that have been carried out in all our names to go unchallenged, obfuscated or covered up.
We can take the truth, and we deserve no less.
Carla J. Hitz