Has America Become Evil?
by James Glaser
February 20, 2008

The Baltimore Sun reports, "President Bush still holds the view that the Central Intelligence Agency and military interrogators shouldn't have their hands completely tied when it comes to suspected terrorists who may harm the U.S. He is promising to veto a bill passed by the Senate last week that would ban the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods."

Now you would hope that America's days of torture would end with George Bush leaving office, but you never know. John McCain, a man who was tortured, and a voice in the Republican Party against the use of torture, voted against outlawing it. You want to think big time Flip-flop for McCain?

I have written this before, but it is worth saying it again. After World War II, we, the United States, put many Japanese on trial for war crimes. Some of those Japanese we executed, because they used water boarding on our troops. Water boarding was such an extreme method of torture, we decided anyone convicted of using it should be put to death, and that is what we did. We put to death the Japanese who water boarded our troops.

Today, President Bush is claiming that water boarding is a useful tool, and we should allow our CIA and our military to use it. Now the leading Republican candidate for President, John McCain, has agreed with the President on the need to torture.

When I was growing up, Hollywood always had evil dictators like Hitler and his Gestapo doing the torture. Today, like in those old Hollywood movies, have we become one of the evil countries?

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