The Gypsy's Caravan
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Another POTUS letter
In your own words regarding the end of WWII:
How do we ensure that "never again" isn't an empty slogan, or merely an aspiration, but also a call to action?
I believe we start by doing what we are doing today -- by bearing witness, by fighting the silence that is evil's greatest co-conspirator.
In the face of horrors that defy comprehension, the impulse to silence is understandable.
The story goes that when the Americans marched in, they discovered the starving survivors and the piles of dead bodies. And General Eisenhower made a decision. He ordered Germans from the nearby town to tour the camp, so they could see what had been done in their name. And he ordered American troops to tour the camp, so they could see the evil they were fighting against. Then he invited congressmen and journalists to bear witness. And he ordered that photographs and films be made. Some of us have seen those same images, whether in the Holocaust Museum or when I visited Yad Vashem, and they never leave you. Eisenhower said that he wanted "to be in a position to give firsthand evidence of these things, if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to propaganda." "
We sorely need some "witnessing" of the torture regime that broke our Justice Department, ruined our reputation around the world, and served for six years as Al' Quaida's chief recruiting tool.
It's time for some transparency - sunshine and fresh air is the best medicine. As AG Holder says: "Follow the evidence where it leads", and if it results in prosecutions, then TRUST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE to know what's right and what's wrong.
Just PLEASE, don't wait too long, there's a statute of limitations even to torture, I'm told.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Final Japanese Garden Post
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I WRITE LETTER TO MY SENATOR
Torture is ALWAYS:
There are no circumstances where the above values do not apply.
You have turned yourself into that which we abhor: you are just as bad as Al'Quaida and the Taliban.
I am ashamed that you are my Senator.
I will be actively working to defeat you in the next election, as I did in the last.
For people like yourself, the most honorable course is to resign.
More from the Japanese Garden
Monday, April 20, 2009
I write the POTUS
It's time to appoint Patrick Fitzgerald as Special Prosecutor to look into the lawless and corrupt Bush Administration. Just like in Alcoholics Anonymous - you cannot heal without first analyzing where you went wrong, and making good on your insights. If you let the Bush regime torture go unpunished, it stands as precedent, and the next occupier of the White House could strike down your prohibitions with a stroke of the pen.
I don't want my beloved country to welcome the sickness, corruption, yes, EVIL of torture. It's past time to root it out and punish those who crossed the line - for whatever reason, because there IS no reason to ever torture, period. Are we a nation of laws, or a nation of men. If we go on "Looking Forward" without examining where we are and what got us there, then we are arguably just a nation of men - corrupt evil men. No more, and no "shining city on the hill" either.
The doctrine of Ex parte Milligan (1866): “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men at all times and in all circumstances. No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government.”
TORTURE IS WRONG. OUR LAWS COVER RULERS AND PEONS ALIKE. IT'S TIME TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS, WHEREVER IT GOES AND WHATEVER IT TAKES
Thursday, April 16, 2009
We went to Oregon to visit my daughter and my best friend, and to look into retirement options. One of the high points was the visit to the (world famous) Japanese Gardens.
The weather in OR is about a month advanced from CT - I think because the ground in OR doesn't freeze solid, so it can warm up easier there.