TORTURE: A VETERAN'S VIEW
The Wrong View On Torture
Regarding the Dec. 15 news article “Officials from Bush administration bash Senate’s CIA report”:
Perhaps I was naive when I took an oath as an infantry lieutenant to protect and defend the Constitution and to think that part of what being a U.S. Army officer meant was that I was morally better than my enemy: I abide by the Geneva Conventions, a measure of decency I’d hope to receive if captured.
Almost as shameful as the CIA’s use of torture is its ardent defense by former vice president Dick Cheney. Whether torture is or was effective in gathering intelligence is irrelevant.
Who are these men who presume to know better than all of us, who have convinced themselves that, unlike all other times in history when our country has been threatened, the United States can now act as barbarously as our enemies?
The Senate’s report on the CIA’s systematic use of torture shamed Americans everywhere, but its disclosure still gives us reason to be proud; in other countries, that report would have never been undertaken. Still, the United States must show the world we’re committed to truth and justice; prosecutions must follow.
Patrick Walsh, Princeton, N.J.
NOTE: And Dick Cheney would know better than this Army vet?