I'm ashamed to be American today
Deal on suspects closes GOP rift
KEY POINTS IN THE DEAL
• Defines acceptable treatment of prisoners. Permissible techniques remain classified. Identifies abuses such as rape and maiming as war crimes
Rape is out of the question, at least. "Maiming"? Well, I guess if your cuts aren't too deep and don't remove limbs or anything it's okay. And thank god the techniques that have been okayed "remain classified" - god knows it'd give aid and comfort to our enemies to know what we could do to them. And for us to know what's being done in our name.
• Bars conviction based on evidence withheld from suspects.
So we'll convict them on something else, then.
• Bans the use of evidence obtained by torture. Judge decides if coerced testimony can be admitted.
"Torture" evidently meaning the "anything less than rape and maiming" criteria from above. And if the judge decides "coerced testimony" can't be admitted? Well, obviously then he's one of them liberal activist troublemaking judges who should be thrown out for endangering the lives of Americans in sabotaging bringing to justice those who want to KILL US ALL!
Democrats appeared likely to back the compromise. "It is time to make the tough and smart decisions to give the American people the real security they deserve," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
Yeah, thanks for nothing, Harry, you sorry-ass piece of rat excrement. "Opposition party" my fat ass. Nice to see the Dems dig in their heels and stay firm on this important matter of the moral face America presents to the world.
Boy, that sure as hell inspires ME to vote Dem this November.
Doremus, Buck Titus, Perefixe, and Falck were for a time too gloomy for speech--so possibly was the dog Foolish, as well, for at the turning off of the radio he tail-thumped in only the most tentative way.
R. C. Crowley gloated, "Well, all my life I've voted Republican, but here's a man that--Well, I'm going to vote for Windrip!"
Father Perefixe said tartly, "And I've voted Democratic ever since I came from Canada and got naturalized, but this time I'm going to vote Republican. What about you fellows?"
Rotenstern was silent. He did not like Windrip's reference to Jews. The ones he knew best--no, they were Americans! Lincoln was his tribal god too, he vowed.
"Me? I'll vote for Walt Trowbridge, of course," growled Buck.
"So will I," said Doremus. "No! I won't either! Trowbridge won't have a chance. I think I'll indulge in the luxury of being independent, for once, and vote Prohibition or the Battle-Creek bran-and-spinach ticket, or anything that makes some sense!"
(from It Can't Happen Here (and, as Reverend Falck says, the hell it can't!) by Sinclair Lewis)