Foreign Affairs suspects U.S. tortures prisonersWell can you blame a country that warns its diplomats about such things would put the US on the list? After all, we hassle the hell out of ordinary citizens at airports and put statesmen on no-fly lists. Our relationships with decent countries SHOULD be strained. Otherwise those countries that accept the behavior of the US are just as bad.
Mike Blanchfield, Ottawa Citizen
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008
OTTAWA - A Foreign Affairs document has identified the United States and Israel as countries it suspects of practising torture.
The document also defines such U.S. interrogation techniques as blindfolding and forced nudity as torture.
The emergence of the document - a PowerPoint presentation meant to instruct Canadian diplomats on how to recognize torture cases abroad - is bound to strain relations with the two countries that Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has sought to strengthen during his two years in power. (continued at the Vancouver Sun.)
I don't know about you, but I couldn't be more fed up and yet more cynical about the state of the country at this point in history and to hear anyone, ANYONE, even suggest that our president did a good job at ANYTHING makes my blood boil.
and speaking of torture, how about that great "christian" preacher Huckabee who mingles with white supremacist groups, suggesting that anyone who complains about South Carolina's respect for the Confederate flag can shove it up their asses? Well, he didn't say that exactly to be fair, he only said, "In fact, if somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we'd tell them what to do with the pole, that's what we'd do." What's on the Arkie flag anyway? Anything that would suggest that they are bigots?
Last night on Real Time with Bill Maher, DL Hughely explained that the confederate flag is code for "We hate n***ers." I have no reason to doubt his assertion.