I know I know, I need to write for Six Sentences and yeah I'll get to that promise.
In the meantime, the Executive Director of Amnesty International has a letter in yesterday's NYFT which, in four (rather longish, but still) sentences says everything that needs to be said about the Bush Administration and torture.
It’s high time that the authors of the Bush administration’s legal recipe book for torture be brought out of the kitchen and into the courtroom. Yet despite volumes of highly credible evidence of human rights crimes, or even war crimes, a negligent Congress continues to fail miserably in its responsibility to mandate proper investigations into these cruel policies.
The United States’ moral and political standing in the world have completely eroded, and legitimate prosecutions of crimes against humanity against the United States have been compromised. Congress must finally face its own complicity in torture with concrete measures — not shortsighted hearings — by ordering a full, independent investigation into how torture became United States modus operandi and holding those responsible accountable.
I really can't add anything more to that except a buncha names for both Congress and the President's cadre, that, you know, aren't fit to print anyway.