Media in Trouble: All the news thats UNfit to print!: Torture

"The information of the people at large can alone make them safe, as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom." --Thomas Jefferson 1810

Tuesday, June 28, 2005


There are other Rovian reasons to read this LOR post. However, the comment on torture hit it right onthe head:
"In brief: first, it is only a measure of the growing barbarism of our culture that opposition to torture is viewed as an “achievement” worthy of note. That torture is monstrous and shocking to anyone of conscience and to anyone who is remotely civilized is not a judgment representing an unusual achievement of outstanding character and insight—or to be more accurate, it should not be unusual. The fact that condemnation of torture can be regarded in this manner is, as I say, a measure of how far we have fallen. In addition, of course, overwhelming evidence exists that torture does not work. You might think that would end the argument but, alas, in our times it does not. But the primary and most significant objection is, obviously, that torture is inhumane and not to be tolerated by decent men. This is not a question open for legitimate debate, where opposing viewpoints should properly be granted equal weight."

That torture does not work part always reminds me of a movie quote that while I have placed in comments in other blogs, I don't think I ever put it on my own dammned blog. Since I am going through a bit of writer's block coupled with a nauseating apathy towards the state of political affairs in this country and people in general why not put it up here now. Why not even have a game and have people try to figure out the quote in comments:
EDDIE: I take it this is the bastard you told me about. Why the hell are you beating on him?

MR. PINK: So he'll tell us who the fuck set us up.

EDDIE: Would you stop it with that shit! You beat on this prick enough, he'll tell ya he started the Chicago fire. That don't necessarily make it so.

Given the names and the fact there is something called google on this earth, I don't think it would take long. But if Nice Guy Eddie is anti-torture, I don't see why the rest of us shouldn't be.