Friday, October 07, 2005

Roberts supports torture

Kansas senator refuses to sign bill banning torture | LJWorld.com:
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. says he doesn’t condone torture, but he believes that terror suspects have information that can save innocent American lives.

“One of the most valuable tools we have in getting this information is terrorists’ fear of the unknown,” Roberts, a Kansas Republican who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the Journal-World on Thursday.
I never got a call back from my senator's office, which sucks all sorts of ways.

This logic is absurd. Imagine that someone said, "The Fourth and Fifth Amendments give unfair advantage to criminals, we shouldn't commit our police to them." Maybe it's true, maybe it isn't, but no one cares, because our Founding Fathers and ever generation since then has agreed that it's worth giving up some advantage in order to protect the innocent.

There's no way someone can say that they don't condone torture, but that it's OK to threaten people with torture. It's BS.

On the other hand, I guess he felt safe casting a vote for torture because Kansas has ceded it's ability to instill fear in Mr. Roberts. The Democratic party has done so poorly at putting up challengers to the current Senators that I doubt either worries that any action could result in a loss of their majority.

That's not good for the state. It means our representatives are not responsive to our needs and concerns. It means the staff can blow us off on issues that define the core of American values.

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