On May 15, 2007 during Republican presidential debate in South Carolina,almost all several of candidates endorsed the appalling, anti-human practice of torture It was a stunning example of just how far the United States has sunk as a putative moral arbiter and beacon human rights.
To his credit the one dissenter was the only one who had ever been tortured, John McCain.
The most appalling pain lover was Mitt Romney the telegenic former governor of Massachusetts. Romney had graced the cover of Time the week previous and came across as an empty suit with big teeth and bigger ambition. His remarks should immediately disqualify him as a candidate for president though GW BUsh has dragged the oval office to its nadir. Things can only go up after W. The pathetic words of Romney follow shortly . Several of the others who said they were Roman Catholics uttered similar repulsive sentiments. so much for the human being as an ikon of the divine.
At last count over 100 people have died in U.S. custody, according to recent records the Pentagon revealed to the Associated Press. Most of them died violently. The American Civil Liberties Union alone has documented forty-four deaths, twenty-one ruled as homicides. The International Red Cross determined, in 2004, that 70 to 90 percent of American detainees in Iraq were innocent of any ties to terrorism. Remember Abu Ghraib?
And now, Romney.
“I’m glad they’re at Guantanamo,” Mitt Romney said of the detainees. “I don’t want them on our soil. I want them on Guantanamo, where they don’t get the access to lawyers they get when they’re on our soil. I don’t want them in our prisons. I want them there. Some people have said, we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is, we ought to double Guantanamo.”