Support troops with torture ban

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2005

About anywhere one goes these days, we see a message from people who care about this country, and about the men in our armed forces: "Support our troops." But the one person that is most effectively undermining our troops is President Bush. The Senate has passed an amendment to a military spending bill that would ban the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment (torture). I applaud that the Senate passed the amendment 90-9. As one of the bill's sponsors said, "We take the moral high ground to make sure that if our people fall into enemy hands, we'll have the moral force to say, 'You have got to treat them right.' "

President Bush opposes the ban on torture and threatens to veto the bill. The president's position is appallingly wrong. It is not only morally indefensible, but utterly unwise. It can only earn us worldwide condemnation, and rightfully so.

Bill Walker

Juneau



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