Saturday, December 13, 2014

Torture

 There has been much hand wringing about "torture" being used by the United States against terrorists.  The first thing to remember is that water boarding was not legally considered torture.  If it's not torture, then no one is being tortured.  Even if it is uncomfortable, unkind, ill-mannered, or rude, if the judges and attorneys say it's not legally torture, than it's not torture.

Non-citizens don't have the same rights as citizens.  To enjoy the protection of the Constitution you must be a citizen of this nation.  That's the greatest value of being a citizen, is the protections and rights recognized as belonging to citizens.  Illegal combatants don't have the same rights as legal combatants.  That's to encourage combatants to wear uniforms and obey certain other rules of warfare.
 
Non-citizens who are illegal combatants don't have the protections of either the Constitution nor the Geneva Conventions. I choose not to cede those protections to people to whom they don't apply; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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