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June 16, 2004

Redefining Torture

Dear Sir:

I've been listening to the interviews in Congress regarding the powers of the Executive branch and the possible legal right to torture people during wartime and am appalled.

Either Americans stand for a level of behavior much higher than this, or we are as corrupt as much of the world says we are. The attempt by your administration to legalize torture and ignore both Federal law and signed treaties is immoral and wrong, regardless of whatever legal machinations may allow you to go unprosecuted for it. Please stop immediately.

Continued attempts to dehumanize our enemies will result in less support for our positions. This also needs to stop.

Finally, for today, the ploy of redefining "torture" is shallow and should be beneath the man who stands for my country. Again, you are responsible for putting an end to this behavior and to the climate that supports it.

I am realistic enough to realize that you neither care about my opinion nor will change your behavior in any way as a result, but I love my country and believe that I must speak out.

Sincerely,

Susan
Age 39
Sudbury, MA

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  • At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Since when did the Bush administration attempt to LEGALIZE TORTURE? Next time, get your facts straight before you write to the leader of the free world.

     

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