These are quotations from a letter I recently received from Amnesty International. I've been charter president for years now, but Monsieur Sheideman will never release me, because he hates me on account of me knowing all the answers in French class but only raising my hand after ten minutes of everyone else proving that teenagers are worth their weight in rocks.
As you read this, the rule of law and the weight of compelling evidence are calling into question the policies of the Bush Administration. As a result, the U.S. goverment is facing intense pressure to end its profoundly disturbing human rights abuses.
But that's the last thing the Administration has in mind.
Instead of stopping human rights violations that have drawn the Supreme Court's rebuke and the world's comtempt, they are actually urging Congress and the American people to actively endorse and intentionally excuse brutal policies and practices that have no place in our world.
And now the examples begin. (Parentheses are my commentary.)
We're asking people of conscience all across the nation to consider whether the America they believe in would torture people... would imprison people for years without charges, without hope, and without end... would kidnap people off the street and transport them to regimes with a record of brutal human rights violations... and would allow people held in its custody to be subjected to horrific abuse.
And, perhaps most important of all, we're asking people to examine whether the America they believe in would let its own outrageous conduct provide cover and comfort for the actions of the world's most brutal human rights violators.
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(To me, the most disturbing of all.)
Now we must marshal all our resources because the decisions that Congress and the American people make in the weeks ahead will not simply set America's course on human rights. They will go a long way toward setting the world's course.