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Powell Blasts Bush Interrogation Plan

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Posted on Sep 14, 2006

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell sided with Sen. John McCain and others in opposition to Bush’s plan to authorize harsh interrogation of terror suspects. “The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism,” he said.


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WASHINGTON ? Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Thursday endorsed efforts by three Republican senators to block President Bush’s plan to authorize harsh interrogations of terror suspects.

The latest sign of GOP division over White House security policy came in a statement that Powell sent to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the rebellious lawmakers. Powell said that Congress must not pass Bush’s proposal to redefine U.S. compliance with the Geneva Conventions, a treaty that sets international standards for the treatment of prisoners of war.

This development accompanied Bush’s visit to Capitol Hill, where he conferred behind closed doors with House Republicans. His would narrow the U.S. legal interpretation of the treaty in a bid to allow tougher interrogations and shield U.S. personnel from being prosecuted for war crimes.

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By Mad As Hell, September 17, 2006 at 8:10 am Link to this comment
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Thank you General Powell for finally standing up for what’s right.  You spent so much time going along to get along, and you learned it was all wasted—you were a puppet, a front man, and had NO say in the decision-making. But you were expected to defend it and defend it you did.

You opposed it in private, and you were right to do so. Your “Pottery Barn—you break it, you own it” analogy was spot on.  Of course, it was ignored as if you had never said it.

And you are a soldier, like Warner and McCain were. (Was Lindsey Graham? Or is he just a maverick thinker who trusts his own judgement?)  You know full well that how WE treat international conventions is EXACTLY how other nations will treat them.  And you want to protect our servicemen.

As Mad King George wants the freedom to torture and imprison and even execute captured soldiers and others, without due process, you see that he puts ALL Americans at the same risk from our enemies.  Even Hitler was smart enough to honor the Geneva Conventions in effect that Germany had signed.  But Mad King George is not.

You see that.  I would ask: Where Have You Been?  But instead I’ll simply say: “Welcome Aboard! Better late than never!”

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By Paul M Smith, September 14, 2006 at 10:47 pm Link to this comment
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Stick to your guns McCain & Powell. You are firmly holding the moral high ground on this issue. Only a very foolish fascist simpleton would believe they gain any meaningful information through using torture as a means. Shouldn’t we truly be terrified of the treatment any of our captured military would receive from the enemy if we revert to methods similar to the sinful Spanish Inquisition, barbaric WWII Japanese, sadistic Nazi Gestapo, or even George Bush’s infamous & perverted ancestor Vlad the Impaler? What I can’t fathom is how anyone who claims to be a good Christian could even consider trying to rationalize torturing another human. This is not only morally reprehensble, but hypocritical to the extreme. This is a no-brainer issue. Torture, for any reason, is not justifiable, and is inappropriate behavior always. Anyone who believes inflicting pain on a prisoner is acceptable needs to have their head examined, and most likely it would be found they are criminally insane.

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By John F. Butterfield, September 14, 2006 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment
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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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