And it leaves us not only open to condemnation but at a place where we cannot condemn others!!
American News Project: Reporter’s Notebook: Ten Lessons from Recent Torture Hearings – The “enhanced interrogation tactics, ” used in Guantanamo under orders from the Pentagon and the White House have been the subject of numerous hearings on Capitol Hill recently. The lawyers who approved the policies–which many call torture–are under increasing pressure to explain how it was possible for such methods to be ordered by the United States government. More hearings are on the way.
The war on terrorism has had devastating social and political costs, and it is the United States government – not foreign enemies – that has caused much of the damage, says investigative journalist Jane Mayer.
Mayer’s new book is The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals. In it, The New Yorker writer contends that the policy implemented after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks promoted an agenda that sought to increase presidential power. Further, many of the Bush administration’s strategy decisions violated the Constitution and impeded the pursuit of terrorists.
SNIP: Read the rest at link, also listen to discussion there as well