Torture Policy

As I drove up the Garden State Parkway early this morning, I listened to talk radio concerning the current U.S. president and the torture scenario that had unfolded in the Abu Gharaib jail a few years back. The piece focused around a press conference given by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who reiterated several times over a 20-minute press conference that the president’s policy was that of one strictly against torture. “Again, I’m going to reiterate that the president does not condone torture….”

And I jokingly thought to myself, “Well, do you really need to state four times over a 20-minute period that you are, in fact, against torture? Shouldn’t that just be a given at this point in time in humanity and society unless you’re a serial killer or a checkout person at Wal-Mart?”

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