Senator Orrin Hatch And Torture
Utah Politics posted recently on Senator Orrin Hatch's support for a CIA torture ban exemption: "I think there has to be a bright line that we do not cross." Pete Ashdown also has some great comments on this: "America should always be the beacon for human rights and dignity throughout the world. The use of torture extinguishes that light." Perhaps the best response is from Jim Knowlton at Beehive Donkey: "Will our enemies torture our people in disgusting and horrific ways? Unfortunately, yes, they will. But that is what separates us from them." Senator John McCain has proposed a torture ban in the War on Terror. Senator McCain of course is the man who spent five and a half years of imprisonment and torture in Hanoi, Vietnam. His captors, no doubt, justified their torture at least in part as a way to gain information to protect their citizens. Senator Orrin Hatch was elected to the Senate only 3 short years after the release of John McCain from captivity. Senator Hatch, you may want to think long and hard about what you've learned after 30 years in the Senate because Senator, it doesn't get any clearer than this.