I hear and read of the prisoner abuse with some interest. I spent 20 years in the military during which it was common knowledge that if you ended up in the brig or the stockade you would more than likely suffer abuse. Marine guards become sadistic and if a young sailor showed any vulnerability, he would suffer abuse, both mental and physical. I heard army MPs senior NCOs talk of going in on weekends to have a little party with some of the prisoners to keep them from getting too smart and provided some entertainment. I declined to join them. These were Americans that they were dehumanizing. When we were in Vietnam we all heard stories that were worse than what ever got in the news about interrogations and using foreign nationals to interrogate so as to be able to establish a reasonable doubt that it was an American doing the actual dirty work. There is a simple solution to this that is to convict and sentence the perpetrator then apply the sentence up the chain of command equally as every level is guilty of not properly supervising or of orderly conduct either. They didn't know because they didn't want to know, or they did know, or they were negligent and didn't know. The result is the same and the punishment should be the same. Secretary Rumsfeld said the buck stops with him, fine. The President would pardon himself anyway and he couldn't be sentenced while he was in office anyhow.
Our right to disagree
It bothers me when I read that a self-proclaimed vet, of any war that the USA has been involved with, does not even have a vague understanding of what our great country stands for. Just a casual reading of the Constitution would inform one who reads it that we all have freedom of speech and the right to have ideas that are different from each other. And this includes the major who was in Vietnam under the belief that he was fighting for his version of "truth." The joke was on him, he actually was once again fighting to protect our right to disagree and use this constitutional guarantee to actually expose him as an uneducated speaker on these rights.
It is perfectly appropriate to disagree with one another, it is also appropriate to allow others to hold ideas or positions that are distasteful to "my beliefs," but as one statesman from our not so distant past said, "I may disagree with your political beliefs, but I will fight to my death for your right to hold these beliefs." This is a statement by a true patriot and a truth that every American needs to cling to, or we will be heading down hill towards anarchy and the end of freedom.
The most violent word in our dictionary is "hate." This word creates violence, bigotry, arrogance, bullying, war and in the end, more of all the forementioned. I just hope this individual will take the time to inform himself on what our forefathers meant, when they declared the concept of "freedom of speech," and this includes his right to express hate even when he is denying the same to others.
A cool dad
My dad, Paul Gazelka is running for House seat 12A (replacing Dale Walz.) As his daughter, I ask that you support him. He is the man for the job, a man of integrity and of his word. Believe me, I know from firsthand experience. (And he's really cool, too.)
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