Saluting with misty eyes
Originally, I was going to sit back and not get involved in this part of the discussion... I WAS going to just let it go by and hope it eventually went away, however there is a question taht has been nagging at me since this thing about the 8th Amendment came up, and the harsh treatment given to terrorists while they were being questioned:
What actually went on???? And is what everyone thinks happened, and says they heard, or were told, or saw on TV actually what happened???
Do I agree with tghe things that were done?? Not entirely. Do I think innocent people were unfairly treated?? Probably... More than likely. Do I think that people who are NOT living in the United States, and who are NOT Americans being incarcerated by Americans be afforded the protection teh AMERICAN Constitution affords AMERICANS??? Yeah, right.
According to the television series M*A*S*H (and Col. Henry Blake) there are 2 laws of war: 1) Young men die... 2) Doctors can't change rule # 1. Well, I submit that there are a few other "rules" that people seem to be either forgetting, or are ignoring.
1) There are no niceties on a battlefield.
2) When enemy personnel (or suspected enemy) are captured, they get questioned.
3) If they are not cooperative, and there are American lives in the balance, or it is in the heat of a combat environment, no one gets Marandized, and the on-scene interrogators might not have the luxury of waiting the prisoners out.
Do I feel that the prisoners who were physically abused, severely injured or killed were mistreated... yes. Do I think American lives were spared by keeping the prisoners awake for more than 24 hours, or by standing for hours, or by scaring them with (mostly) idle threats? Absolutely.
Actually, I have one further question... Let's bring that situation here to the US....
(The camera fades in on an interrogation room in an inner city police department. We see two police officers in their freshly starched shirts, and a prisoner who is very tired, needing a shave, and is complaining about needing a drink of water. He has been awake for over 24 hours, and has been interrogated for the last 16 of those hours. The police officers have just come on duty 15 minutes ago)
Police Officer 1: (screaming) Admit it... you planted the bomb that killed all 17 of those cops. YOU did it... WHY??? WHY???
Accused: (wearlily) Could I please just have a glass of water?
(Police officer 2 places a glass of water just out of reach)
Police Officer 1: Tell us where you planted the other bomb, and who is helping you out, and we'll let you have the drink. No Problem.
Police Officer 2: (Unhooking his holster) Let's just shoot the (choose your own) right now. What do we care?
Accused: OK, OK... I'll tell you...
The bomb was found... in the State Police barracks, and it was set to go of during shift change. All of the conspirators were arrested, and the cops lived to arrest another day...
Why is no one on here complaining about THAT???
Just a question.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again...