Bush wants Torture to bypass the Judiciary

This comment on Crooks and Liars by Majikthise is somewhat disturbing (tailrank thread):

… the president explicitly stated that he considers torture to be a form of extra-judicial punishment:

“With the bill I’m about to sign, the men our intelligence officials believe orchestrated the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent people will face justice,” Bush said. [AP]

And so, the truth comes out. The president values torture as retribution for its own sake. Never mind that suspects are tortured before they’ve been tried, let alone found guilty of anything.

This is an angle I didn’t really appreciate before. Bush wants to bypass the judiciary and seize even more power for the executive branch.

This is blatantly unamerican. The framers specifically structured our government to prevent one branch from having too much power which would lead to a monarchy or dictatorship. We had just finished fighting a war with a republic that was continually abusing its power (England) so we can’t claim that this hasn’t happened before.

The Neocons are crossing a line which I think America can’t follow. There are certain things you can’t argue for and still remain an American – torture is one of them. The stripping of habeas corpus is another.

If Bush is right and the terrorist hate us for our freedom then why does he continue to destroy them? When we continually argue that we need to torture people and take them out of the due process of law the terrorists have already won.


  1. “We had just finished fighting a war with a republic that was continually abusing its power (England) so we can’t claim that this hasn’t happened before.”

    England wasn’t a republic, it was a monarchy ;)






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