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The term "Extraordinary Rendition" -- a phrase created to describe the sort of amoral arrogant abuse of power that our government is involved in. I am sickened and disgusted (though sadly not really surprised any more) that we as a nation are doing things like this. The practice is exactly the sort of thing our spy novel authors and movies depicted being done by the Soviets when they controlled Russia and the National Socialists when they controlled Germany.
It was repugnant then, and it is repugnant now.
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deported millions, gassed them, shot them? Join the hyperbole game as you
compare what the ACLU considers "inhuman conditions" versus two of the most
despotic regimes in history.
Can you point out specifically where we've tortured people and what was
involved, other than heresay, or Abu Ghraib (where it was acknowledged as wrong
and people were prosecuted)?
Because how I see it is this:
The government isn't going to come right out and tell us what they're doing in
covert ops or otherwise. This leaves those like the ACLU
(politically-motivated, if I thought the ACLU stood for civil liberties, the
case would have more merit, perhaps) free reign to accuse the government of
whatever they want, knowing that it won't be proven in either case.
The media plays up the hype for whatever stories it can sell, the more
titillating the better. Again, they have free reign because it's not like the
government can do much more than deny the stories, and since we're all so
damned cynical about the government who are we supposed to believe? The media
or the government? If you want me to believe that the media is more credible,
I'm going to have difficulty with that (and vice versa).
But to start whining about it? Boo hooo... my government is evil AND it's as
evil as the Nazis (you apparently couldn't write "Nazis" but instead write
"National Socialists"). Let's cloud history and compare ourselves to them,
insult the six million Jews that were slaughtered, the millions that died of
starvation in the Ukraine, and the millions more during Stalin's purges because
we want to express how bloody sorry we're feeling. (Okay, maybe a bit much
here, but you get the drift.)
Here's what I believe:
I don't believe that our government is involved in torture (in legal terms, and
I think they'd toed that line to a microsopic level) because it might liable
them to war crimes.
Now, do I think they're torturing people from the ACLU's perspective? yes. From
Amnesty International's perspective? Yes.