Democratic Daily reader Sam Osborne emailed me this LTTE, that I felt was worth sharing in light of the agreement reached yesterday by the GOP on Bush’s “detainee bill.” It’s still ugly no matter how we frame it.
Bush apologists have wheeled out a straw man: a detainee possessing knowledge which if forced from his evil lips will save millions of lives.
However, in recognition of the president’s infallible wisdom as great decider, Congress should enact legislation authorizing him to sanction the use of torture to secure information that will save these lives. To guarantee that torture is only used for such a purpose, the law should also provide that following the use of sanctioned torture the president will provide “slam-dunk” proof that millions of lives have been saved. If the president were unable beyond all doubt to provide such proof, he would immediately be subjected to the same methods of torture that he has authorized.
By establishing accountability right at the top, underlings would be protected from prosecution for doing the dastardly deeds. This is what George W. Bush is most concerned about, isn’t it?
This new torture law might also provide that on a voluntary basis avid Bush supporters would be permitted to demonstrate their undying faith in the president’s judgment by willingly sharing in the excruciating discomfort that ensues from an errant use of torture—but this is only offered as a comforting thought.