Thursday, June 10, 2004

Department of Dodging the Question: Bush on torture and Republican lawlessness 

I hear dodgeball is the sport of the moment. Maybe Inerrant Boy could give lessons:

Bush said Thursday he ordered U.S. officials to follow the law while interrogating suspected terrorists, but he sidestepped an opportunity to denounce the use of torture.

Bush's comments came as a 2-year-old State Department document surfaced warning the White House that failing to apply international standards against torture could put U.S. troops at risk.

"What I've authorized is that we stay within U.S. law," Bush told reporters at the close of the G-8 summit in Savannah, Ga.

Asked if torture is ever justified, Bush replied, "Look, I'm going to say it one more time. ... The instructions went out to our people to adhere to law. That ought to comfort you."
(via AP)

"That ought to comfort you?" WTF??!?!

Right. It does sound comforting—until you remember that under the Bush theory of divine right, Bush, ruling by decree, defines what the law is (back). Suddenly I don't feel so comforted.

And since when do American citizens—I love the casual sense of ownership implied by "our people" (i.e., the help)—need "authorization" or "instruction" to obey the law? That says more about the lawlessness of the Bush administration than anything I've heard so far.

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