What Have We Become? Imagine that you are strappe…

What Have We Become?

Imagine that you are strapped to a board, blindfolded, and your mouth taped shut. Suddenly you are upended and your head is plunged below water, or water is poured continuously on a pile of rags across your face. Water is forced up your nose, you choke and gag, you cannot cry out or do anything to stop it. This is ‘water boarding’, one of the many torture techniques being carried out by the United States government.

In a recent radio interview, Vice President Dick Cheney’s callous remarks about water-boarding were “it’s a no brainer for me”. God help us all when such evil is all matter of fact and just par for the course.

But let us not become a Dick Cheney… Speak out. Water boarding is just one of the torture tactics being done on ‘suspected terrorists’, those same ‘suspected terrorists’ who are being held indefinitely in prisons without access to legal counsel or family. They haven’t even been brought to trial yet, at least the courts would have to show the evidence of their crimes. With dictatorial powers by the President those same prisoners could languish for years in those holding pens.

American citizens, too, are open season by the present administration.

Following is the letter I sent by email to Vice President Cheney


October 30, 2006

Dear Mr. Cheney,

There have been many policies that your Administration has orchestrated that offend and appall me. The most recent remark you made on a recent radio interview is equally disturbing. In reference to water boarding used as a torture tactic you said its a no brainer for me.

How disturbing and what a callous attitude on your part Mr. Cheney. I am convinced that you do not have a conscience judging on that remark and your performance in office.

The torture law is a total disgrace and shameless that it had been signed, sealed and delivered. Unfortunately, not enough men with real character, back bone and decency stepped up to the plate to defeat that bill.

Not only is torture unconscionable but is ineffective in interrogation methods. Many generals of the military who have first hand experience on the front lines have said that there are other tactics that are effective as interrogation methods.

In extensive interviews with MSNBC.com, former leaders of the Defense Departments Criminal Investigation Task Force said they repeatedly warned senior Pentagon officials beginning in early 2002 that the harsh interrogation techniques used by a separate intelligence team would not produce reliable information, could constitute war crimes, and would embarrass the nation when they became public knowledge. (Bill Dedman, Investigative Reporter, MSNBC October 24, 2006).

There was a time in your countries history when there were good and decent men with admirable character in leadership. It certainly doesn’t apply today.

When I see President Bush taking the oath to uphold the Constitution while being sworn into office I am so disgusted. You have failed in that respect 100%. The Constitution that your President says he will uphold while in office treats it as nothing more than a damn piece of paper making a mockery of it. The Constitution is more than just a piece of worthless paper as you may think. It holds the very principles that America holds dear. For anyone to think less of it I find offensive.

The forefathers taught that unalienable rights are endowed upon mankind by God and believed that governments exist not to grant or deny these rights, but only to protect them. They recognized and warned that a central, federal government could become too strong and they went to great lengths to ensure that a system was established that was checked within itself by a balance of power. Yes, checks and balances which you arrogantly think that you are above.

We know who you really serve and it is certainly not in the best interests of the American people. Your masters are the globalists and what you have cooperated in doing to America and the world is dangerous, immoral, and an insult to the memories of the noble forefathers.

The corruption by the Republicans in Washington is deplorable.

Mr. Cheney, you will be held accountable eventually to the American people.


Judith Howard


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