in West Chester, PA were joined by some special visitors. One was an
activist I only know as Barbara advocating the closure of the Guantanamo
Bay Detention Camp in Cuba. This is a US military facility that has
been the subject of much controversy. Terror suspects are kept there and
many are tortured.
The other visitor was local conservative talk show host, and advocate of torture, Dom Giordano.
He spent most of his time with the pro war demonstrators though he did
come across the street to talk to us peaceful people a couple of times.
The video below records two of his interviews. He engages Barbara in a
lively debate on the subject of torture and Guantanamo. She handles
Giordano's arguments extremely well:
In all of the debate about torture the real reasons for it are sometimes
missed. Please read the explanation this author gave for it. The
article below was originally published at OpEdNews.com on April 30, 2008:
Why They Torture
There's been much debate for the last
several years about the US government and it's allies use of torture.
The articles are too numerous to mention and there's been at least one
The arguments pro torture generally revolve around gathering
intelligence. I'd like to suggest that this is largely false.
Extracting information from people is just the excuse used to cover the
real reasons for torturing. There are basically two.
The first is to break enemy leaders and potential leaders. Leave them
in such a broken state of mind that they can't effectively organize
opposition to the US government. This is bad enough, but it begs the
question of who's being tortured? Going after potential leaders
inevitably means that many innocents will be hauled in.
The second reason for torturing is intimidation. Trying to strike fear
in those who would oppose the US government. Submit or this could
happen to you.
History will judge the US as harshly as it has the Roman Empire, which
we have equaled if not surpassed. For all the Roman's technical and
scientific achievements they are most remembered for their brutality.
Sadly, so it will be for the US. This
is what people will see of us one thousand years from now. This is the
monster that the quest for empire has turned the republic into.
In advocating the adoption of the Declaration of independence, Richard
Henry Lee said, "Why then, sir, why do we longer delay? Why still
deliberate? Let this happy day give birth to an American republic. Let
her arise, not to devastate and to conquer, but to reestablish the
reign of peace and of law." How far we have strayed from the ideals of