Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Hope for the Human Rights Crowd

Cheney Takes Credit for Torture

Amnesty International USA from Nov. of 2005...
Cheney provided guidance on abuse, former Powell aide says
This is a very good sign that torture, prisoner abuse, illegal detentions and disappearances will be promptly dealt with.

Obama Names 4 for Justice Jobs in Break From Bush Path

Dawn Johnsen on the role of the Office of Legal Counsel

I wrote this two years ago...

The United States was at one time the leader of the world in human rights. We liked to call ourselves the greatest nation in the world.

Oh, it's true we stumbled along the way but we always moved ahead in a positive direction. We haven’t always lived up to the fullness of what our Constitution and Bill of Rights calls us, so there were bumps and sometimes giant ruts along our shared histories path that brought great trials and sometimes costs many lives. But America grew brick by brick laid by the tough hands of our forefathers and foremothers whose lifeblood flows throughout the heart of our land. History is full of the tales of their labored lives, hardships, troubles, and accomplishments. The dust of their bones will be desecrated if we take a wrecking ball to the foundation they set.

Now, because of a desire for power, secrecy and control among those in the Bush administration our nation has embraced a cancer of cruel suppression of the dignity of humanity. A sheepish fear among their followers, has allowed them to become mesmerized by a calculating group masquerading as trustworthy, giving the neoconservatives approval to disregard, as if it didn’t exist, the law and ethics of our nation. Acting as all cancers do if not removed it will grow and bring death to our democratic republic.

The loyal dissenters believe this to be a horrible wrong. Driven more by the love we have for this country than by fear, we believe that all must speak out; that every one must shout’ STOP’. We believe it is time for all to demonstrate the courage of our ancestors and love America more than fear the unknown. And that goes especially for our new Democratically controlled Congress who have given us a new found hope for a return to constitutional order, an end to Iraqi occupation and a halt to military adventurism.

We our now facing our giant rut along the path, will we dishonor the legacy of those who stood so bravely on this land before us?

Amnesty International Guantánamo Bay Protest Slideshow
Amnesty International USAHuman Rights Agenda for the 110th U.S. Congress

ACLU Calls for Accountability from Gonzales on Torture and Surveillance

House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

What's interesting is the optimism I expressed for the beginning of the 110 Congress. That ended up being aa enormous let down.
It causes a huge amount of skepticism among the progressive members of the Dems. I still have that hope, once again, with his new appointments only enhancing them. But, I still have that stepped on feeling. I know some feel he has made some questionable appointments, however, I said he should have a honeymoon period lasting, at least, until Inauguration Day and I,m sticking to it.

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