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Nov
2005

Torture: spare me the tough talk

Miami Herald
by Molly Ivins

11/15/05

I can't get over this feeling of unreality, that I am actually sitting here writing about our country having a gulag of secret prisons in which it tortures people. I have loved America all my life, even though I have often disagreed with the government. But this seems to me so preposterous, so monstrous. ... Who are we? What have we become? The shining city on a hill, the beacon and bastion of refuge and freedom, a country born amid the most magnificent ideals of freedom and justice, the greatest political heritage ever given to any people anywhere. ... If you are dead to all sense of morality, let us still reason together on the famous American common ground of practicality. Torture does not work. It is not productive. It does not yield important, timely information. That is in the movies. This is reality. Why did we bother to beat the Soviet Union if we were just going to become it? Shame. Shame. Shame...

//www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/13169165.htm


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