LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Torture is crime against humanity
June 8, 2009 · 8:14 AM
To the editor:
I have been following recent letters to the editor.
Steve Erickson’s letter of May 23 called for the impeachment of Jay Bybee for generating torture memos used by the Department of Defense to try and legally justify torture.
Erickson’s letter is based on facts. Torture is not justifiable and has been a war crime for many years, yet it has been used by America as a tool to gain information that has helped America, according to Dick Cheney. I believe if Mr. Cheney’s lips are moving he is lying. This information gained by torture is erroneous at best, according to our own American experts on the subject, and is useless.
I also read the response to Mr. Erickson by Jim Dyment. I was a little confused by the non-fact based vitriol meted out by Mr. Dyment toward Mr. Erickson. Please Mr. Dyment, just the facts.
What piqued my ire was Dyment’s “Blame America First Crowd” comment.
This intimates that a differing view is of no value to America and is anti-American. I would posit that a critical view of America is always needed.
The fact is, America does indeed torture. George Tenet (director of the CIA at the time of these memos), George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, et al looked straight into the interviewer’s camera and lied to America, saying, “We do not torture,” knowing full well that they were having people tortured while they spoke.
I love Americans and believe that we are the most generous of people. I am outraged that Americans are put into harm’s way, and to possibly be tortured or beheaded by a government that has used preemptive war for peace, a government that appears to be soulless and indifferent to the plight of ordinary Americans and their needs for healthcare, schools, jobs and PEACE.
I do blame the torture apologists in the conservative corporate mainstream media and people like Mr. Dyment for marginalizing a very serious crime against humanity.