September 30, 2004

Follow Up to Bush = Torturer

It was bad enough that it was just a proposal, but now it's looking more likely that the US is going to go forward with the godawful plan of sending people to other countries to be tortured so we don't have to dirty our hands with it.

The Bush administration is supporting a provision in the House leadership's intelligence reform bill that would allow U.S. authorities to deport certain foreigners to countries where they are likely to be tortured or abused, an action prohibited by the international laws against torture the United States signed 20 years ago.

The provision, part of the massive bill introduced Friday by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), would apply to non-U.S. citizens who are suspected of having links to terrorist organizations but have not been tried on or convicted of any charges. Democrats tried to strike the provision in a daylong House Judiciary Committee meeting, but it survived on a party-line vote.

The provision, human rights advocates said, contradicts pledges President Bush made after the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal erupted this spring that the United States would stand behind the U.N. Convention Against Torture. Hastert spokesman John Feehery said the Justice Department "really wants and supports" the provision.

And don't bring up that "known terrorist clock is ticking" freshman philosophy class canard, please. This isn't about that. This is broad permission to ship off anyone we want -- provided s/he is not a US citizen -- to some other country for torture.

It's wrong. No two ways around it.

A vote for Bush says that you think torturing possibly innocent people is a good idea.

Posted by rluxemburg at September 30, 2004 09:39 AM | TrackBack
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