Thursday, October 4, 2007
A shameful abandonment of conscience
While the story in the New York Times today about the approval of torture methods by the White House is shocking on its face, what is more shocking is the clear abdication of conscience. Several times in the story, we read that CIA interrogators were worried that what they were doing was right. When assured that they were not breaking the law, and not liable for prosecution, they went right ahead and tortured, uh, I mean severely interrogated.
It's a long and sad article, but it's a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how the good Christian administration acts when it really comes down to choosing between humanitarianism and power.
And a new villain emerges, Stephen Bradbury, head of the Office of Legal Counsel.