Friday, July 28, 2006

no need to worry, they don't torture anyway

Oh, those naive Congressional Republicans. When back in 1996 they voted (with heavy Democrat support, too) to allow prosecutions in US courts for violations of the Geneva Conventions, they obviously never imagined that this could be used to threaten employees of an American, REPUBLICAN (de facto) Administration with prosecution. So now they're trying to change it:
The Justice Department's top legal adviser, Steven G. Bradbury, separately testified two weeks ago that Congress must give new "definition and certainty" to captors' risk of prosecution for coercive interrogations that fall short of outright torture.
Why make any change? If you don't torture, you won't be prosecuted. And the Administration has reassured us over and over that it does not condone torture, so no worries, right?

I mean, asking to change this law shows a certain lack of faith in all the people in the military and law enforcement and intelligence fields, that those people won't faithfully abide by Cheney-Bush's sincere ban on torture. Gosh. I mean, people who aren't doing anything wrong shouldn't worry about their phones being tapped and their email being read, by the same standard, people not torturing detainees needn't worry about this law either.

Or is it possible that in its heart of hearts, the de facto Administration realizes that it DOES condone and order torture?