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Kerry: Government-sanctioned torture weakened America

January 26, 2009 by  

Kerry speaks out about torture and libertiesCommenting on President Obama’s first executive orders, a senior senator hails a new era but bemoans the damage sustained by America’s national security.

Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts wrote in a commentary published on CNN.com that the eventual closure of Guantanamo Bay and CIA detention centers around the world, as well as the ban on torture, will restore America’s moral leadership by reaffirming its founding principles of the rule of law and respect for individual rights.

However, he stressed the difficulties lying ahead, including questionable evidence extracted using coercion that may be inadmissible in U.S. courts and the threat posed by some of the former detainees who are known to have returned to terrorist training camps.

Nonetheless, quoting Obama’s inauguration address in which he called on Americans to "reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals," Kerry welcomed what he saw as a new era in America’s relations with the outside world, and in particular with the Middle East.

Last Thursday Obama reversed the essence of the Bush administration’s approach to the prosecution of the war on terror by signing an executive order to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year and to ban harsh interrogations techniques.
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  • http://personalliberty.com norman whitton loudon tn 37774

    UNDER B. HUSSEIN OBAMA THE U. S. HAS RETUNED TO A PRE-9/11/MENTALITY!

  • http://msn Betty Boullion

    I believe Mr. Kerry is wrong. I felt much safier knowing we had the means to find out about terrorist. Thank God we had George Bush who was not afraid.

  • Roland D. Laliberte

    As long as he’s running his big mouth he’s happy and thinks he’s in control of something…but really doesn’t know what!

    Kerry couldn’t provide a security plan for a doghouse and that goe’s for the rest of his ilk.

  • Paul

    So according to Kerry we will re-affirm our founding principles for the rule of law, but we dont have to worry about all of the other founding principles like big government, spending, and all of the other far left views that are totally against the founding principles of this country? But the rule of law when it comes to torture as they call it, we must not do even though what has been done has been in the name of protecting the American people and our way of life and yes even that idiot Kerry is included.

    Also Mr Kerry when it comes to you and your lib friends in Washington it is a contradiction to have any of you and the phrase moral leadership in the same book much less sentence.

  • Janice

    Moral leadership does not mean “selecting” only those morals you wish to endorse so that you can secure the greatest number of votes. A moral person is moral on all issues of morality and liberal democratic views on abortion make the use of “moral” and “democrat” in the same sentence an oxymoron. You’re either moral or you’re not. There is no picking and choosing which to support. Democrats are dangerous to our constitutional survival and the moral direction of our country. Their rhetoric is a smokescreen. Beware.

  • Bud

    WHAT’S ALL THE HULLABLU ABOUT WATER BOARDING—- DID THEY EVER
    HURT ANYONE WITH THIS ROUTINE?

    I THINK THEY WOULD DO WELL BY USING THE ROUTINE ON SOME POLITICIANS ; MAYBE ALL WOULD GAIN SOME KNOWLEDGE.

  • Rumple Stiltskin

    John Kerry has proven himself to be a traitor to the United States of America. He is a liar and a skunk of the first order. Unfortunately all liberals in big and little government share these same traits, Vote ALL of these bastards OUT !!

  • Rumple Stiltskin

    OBONGA is our Traitor-In-Chief.

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