Farcical Fallacy of Fools and Comedy of a Clear Conscience

Farcical Fallacy of Fools and Comedy of a Clear Conscience

I smiled
with great amusement at the start of the 2008
Olympics as George W. Bush made a condemning speech regarding
China over its poor human rights standard about which few people
are in doubt. It is common knowledge that China has a severely
tarnished reputation in respect to this issue. But to hear this
charge come from such a shallow American moral campaigner is
nothing short of a joke. Of all people to speak out in this
particular international debate Bush Jr is the absolute epitome
of hypocrisy and least worthy. Especially in light of the
revelations and lies in association with his abysmal record over
the dehumanisation of prisoners by his administration at Abu
Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. This episode and the recent admission
of all the Bush government sanctioned secret torture chambers
placed outside of the United States of America around the world
but hidden from view proves this.

The reinforcing factors concerning this diatribe against
injustice are even more justified as you understand that the
reason Bush and his administration placed these military prisons
in the countries he did was firstly to keep them covert, but
secondly to allow the torture prescribed by Bush upon those
prisoners without fear of international castigation because the
constitutional rights of the American people guaranteeing justice
and equity does not apply outside America. Further to this, the
degenerate reasoning of the Bush administration placed these
prisons particularly in poorer nations that could be controlled
by the USA and which have a very low human rights standard
themselves thus allowing the torture to go under the
international radar with out being challenged. What I do not
understand is that Jesus said so plainly and clearly in the
gospels was that we must never resort to evil in order to deal
with evil. The moment you do that you place yourself at the same
corrupt level of those whom you are trying to convince to rise
above theirs. How can you combat wickedness and inhuman behaviour
by resorting to the same sick and defiled methodology.

Does no one even consider these matters to be the height of
foolishness any more? Do we just close our eyes to the evil
perpetrated by our own governments and consider it just
retribution against those whose minds are so sick that they can
inspire such wickedness. Are we so blind as not to see or so dumb
as not to think that once we resort to such psychopathic
behaviour ourselves in retaliation that we actually justify that
same diabolic mentality and activity as acceptable in our
society? What insanity is this, from whence is the source of this
stupidity? Imbeciles alone, would concede this as being
acceptable, Jesus said do not return evil for evil.

Most would berate me for this answer by saying, are you
suggesting we love them and forgive those who do such evil, are
we to overlook their wrong. To which I emphatically reply no way,
the operative word in Jesus command was his emphasis and
definition of the word evil. In other words, when wickedness is
meted out do not return wickedness - judge the sin, administer
the law and its subsequent recompense, but do not resort to the
same devilish iniquitous and insidious inhumane actions. How can
you speak against such evil if you endorse it by using it in
response yourself? You can’t, and if suggest or believe you
can then you will understand the degree of folly and hypocrisy
invoked upon those who think this way and inferred by the title
of this article.

Retaliating with evil only just sanctions it and that standard
then becomes the norm for a future society, as in law it creates
the precedent. You wonder how an evil anti Christ will rule the
world and how such inhumane activity and torture will become
acceptable and justified. The simple answer is just allow evil to
be the retribution for evil and therein evil now becomes the
standard.

Bush's secret executive order to carry out torture
in Iraq
Moscow Times 24-12-04 www.globalresearch.ca

According to agents of the U.S. Federal Bureau of
Investigation, Pres G. W. Bush has signed a secret executive
order approving the use of torture against prisoners captured in
his "war on terror" -- including thousands of innocent
people rounded up in Iraq and crammed into Saddam Hussein's
infamous Abu Ghraib prison. FBI documents, obtained in a lawsuit
by the American Civil Liberties Union and reported this week in
the Los Angeles Times, detailed the agents'
"disgust" at the "aggressive and improper"
methods used by military interrogators and civilian contractors
against prisoners, and the widespread, ongoing pattern of
"serious physical abuses" they found at the American
concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Iraq.

Most of the offences occurred long after the initial public
scandal over "a few bad apples" at Abu Ghraib. For
example, in June 2004, an FBI agent informed top officials in
Washington that he had witnessed such torture techniques as
"strangulation, beatings, [and] placement of lit cigarettes
into the detainees' ear openings." The agent added that
military officials "were engaged in a coverup of these
abuses."

Also in June, the FBI reported that a prisoner in Abu Ghraib
was cuffed, trussed up in a "stress position," then
"doused with cold water, dropped onto barbed wire, dragged
by his feet and punched in the stomach."

In August 2004, the date of the latest reports, an FBI agent
reported that detainees in the Guantanamo concentration camp were
often kept chained in "stress positions" on the floor,
"with no chair, food or water. Most of the times they had
urinated or defecated on themselves and had been left for 18-24
hours or more." One detainee was found "almost
unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him,"
said the agent. "He had apparently been literally pulling
his own hair out throughout the night."

The Guantanamo abuses occurred in front of FBI witnesses at
what is considered the showcase of the new worldwide prison
system Bush has established to process his captives in the
"terror war." But there are a number of "secret
prisons" -- including a special enclosed facility at
Guantanamo itself -- where "special" interrogations are
carried out by the CIA without any outside witnesses, The
Washington Post reports. By presidential order, the CIA does not
have to say who these prisoners are, how or why or where they
were taken prisoner, or what happens to them behind the
impenetrable walls.

According to the official documents, FBI agents said that
military interrogators and their corporate mercenaries in
Guantanamo and Iraq routinely went "far beyond the
restrictions of the Geneva Conventions prohibiting torture,"
but were acting under an executive order signed by Bush
authorizing the use of dogs and other aggressive physical and
psychological techniques on prisoners. Bush officials denied such
an executive order exists; they say the agents confused it with
an earlier order for "aggressive techniques" issued by
Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld, which was then supposedly
rescinded and softened in March 2003 after complaints from
military lawyers. But the abuses described in the new FBI memos
occurred long after the first Rumsfeld order was invalidated.
Thus the Administration's denial is based on a clear
falsehood.

What's more, the FBI papers state repeatedly and
unequivocally that Bush himself had authorized the aggressive
techniques. They also note that in May 2004, after the scandal at
Abu Ghraib, Bush had specified that "certain techniques can
only be used if very high-level authority is granted." Thus
some of the most disturbing abuses -- actions which the
interrogators nonetheless felt comfortable enough to commit in
front of FBI agents -- have been carried out with direct White
House or Pentagon approval.

Earlier this year, a cache of White House memos was uncovered
revealing a systematic effort to provide "legal"
underpinning for the abrogation of the Geneva Conventions on
treatment of prisoners and support for a deliberate policy of
disregarding U.S. laws forbidding torture, kidnapping,
assassination and indefinite detention, The Washington Post (and
many others) report. These memos also claimed an unprecedented
extension of presidential powers, arguing that the
"Commander-in-Chief" cannot be constrained by any law
whatsoever in the prosecution of a war. One main goal of this
legal analysis, the memos admitted, was to help Bush and his top
officials avoid prosecution for war crimes, since the actions
being recommended by Bush and the Pentagon were clearly criminal
under international and U.S. law.

When the memos surfaced, the White House declared that the
Bush Administration would never do anything illegal. However,
they never directly repudiated the memos -- which, after all,
argue that nothing a president orders in wartime, including
torture, is actually illegal. As the documentation of prisoner
abuse grows larger and larger with each passing month, it is
obvious that such a system of widespread -- and ongoing --
atrocities could not be sustained without approval at the very
highest levels.

Now FBI agents, in official reports, have traced the
responsibility for these crimes directly to the pen of George W.
Bush.
Despite the patently false White House denials,
the torture directive cited by the FBI not only echoes the legal
briefs cited above, it also perfectly complements Bush's
earlier executive orders allowing the secret execution of anyone
on earth, including American citizens, whom Bush or his
designated agents arbitrarily declares a "terrorist" --
without charges, evidence or trial. These orders were first
reported in November 2001 by The Washington Post and have been
repeatedly confirmed by Administration officials. The evidence is
credible, compelling and abundant. The lines of authority are
clear. The blood of the tortured is on Bush's hands.

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