Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Here's a Blog Topic for Denny Hastert.

Let's talk about torture, shall we?

It's a nice holiday topic that we can all appreciate right about now. I don't see that Hastert has mumbled anything original (or substantive) on the topic. Anywhere.

Let's not hype it up with Fristy talk about "taking out your family" (and by that, I do not mean out for fried chicken).

You can justify anything with that kind of rhetoric. After all, our Moon demonstrates a threat of falling from the sky and crashing into the earth, yet we don't advocate unloading the world's nuclear arsenal in an attempt to blow it out of the night sky.

So let's see some folksy talk on the DennyBlog about this purported "torture ban compromise" between McCain and Hadley.

Why won't Denny Hastert tell us what he thinks about torture?


Anonymous said...

We already know what he thinks; he gave our country Extraordinary Rendition when he introduced it into the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act of 2004:

"The provision Rep. Markey referred to is contained in Section 3032 and 3033 of H.R. 10, the '9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act of 2004,' introduced by House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL). The provision would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue new regulations to exclude from the protection of the U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, any suspected terrorist - thereby allowing them to be deported or transferred to a country that may engage in torture. The provision would put the burden of proof on the person being deported or rendered to establish "by clear and convincing evidence that he or she would be tortured," would bar the courts from having jurisdiction to review the Secretary's regulations, and would free the Secretary to deport or remove terrorist suspects to any country in the world at will - even countries other than the person's home country or the country in which they were born. The provision would also apply retroactively."

The retroactive thing (for people we had already tortured) was an especially nice touch, don't you think?

We know Denny and McCain have been having a lover's quarrel for some time now. Denny is probably quite upset that McCain is threatening to make Denny actually come out and say "I oppose outlawing torture." But really, we've already been down this road haven't we?

HRC said...

You're pretty sharp. Your friends would enjoy seeing your comments on this blog.

If you know what I mean.