Letter to the Editor

BY DI READER | MAY 13, 2009 7:26 AM

Torture demeans U.S. reputation

If there is no difference between us and our enemy, it makes no difference who prevails. Out of fear, cowardice, and a mean spirit, Dick Cheney started the nation down a dark path of self destruction and now, while we still can, it is time to step back into the clear light of day.

Torture only works to destroy freedom and liberty, and once embraced by a people, there is no end to its spread.

Those who supposedly have information to save masses of others do not come with signs affixed to their foreheads that read “Torture me, and I will tell something important.” Thus, there is justification for torturing to find out whom to torture. And next, there is the threat of torture to keep people from ever thinking anything that would warrant them having or developing information that should be known by some but not others. And surely somewhere there are some who may become errant thinkers, so best we all keep an eye on our neighbors.

Sam Osborne
West Branch

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