Living up to his campaign promise, President Obama sent a signal to the world that he is breaking with King George W Bush’s policies. With the stroke of his pen, our new President has ordered his government not to rely on any legal opinions (concerning interrogation) produced by the Justice Department or other agencies BETWEEN Sept. 11, 2001, and this past Tuesday, when he assumed the presidency. A good start, so far …
Our new intelligence director, Dennis Blair, however, left open the possibility that techniques beyond the 19 currently approved for military interrogators could be authorized. Mr. Blair also suggested that some interrogation procedures would need to remain SECRET so potential adversaries could not train to resist them.
Upon hearing these comments, the New York Times reports that only SOME Democratic senators were left puzzled, while apparently the rest either didn’t care or overlooked the cheap slight of [mouth] trick.
The bottom line is: secret interrogation rules allow the abuse of US prisoners to continue (pain and simple). It is not enough to state that the US will recapture its moral bearings while secretly WE (yes, our government's actions are OUR actions) continue the practices that breed hatred and ignite future conflicts. Let's be transparrent about OUR government's treatment of OUR prisoners. To do otherwise would sink us further into the vaccuum of our prior monarch.