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Instead of having an open debate on what the course of action our country should take in regard to those accused of violating the constitution , Geneva convention, and the common laws of humanity; the republican party decided to release a fear mongering video asking if Americans” feel safer” under the Barack Obama administration. The ad showed the president shaking hands with Chavez, bowing down to the Arabian king, and bits and pieces from Sean Hannity’s ‘nightly laundry list of propaganda.

Yesterday, Condoleezza Rice told a student that she never personally ordered torture but she used the old Nixon adage “if the president does it, then it’s legal” excuse. I imagine that cell phone clip will be used by a commission or court. She does not have to be a lawyer to know that water boarding is torture and by signing onto the Geneva Convention the United States has a lawful obligation to prosecute those that ordered or participated in torture…Ms Rice placed the blame on the administration.

The Bush administration held terrorist Ali Saleh Kahlah al- Marri in a navy brig without charges or corporation for nearly six years. Yesterday, he plead guilty in the Federal Court, in Peoria Illinois. Only proves that our conventional methods work. It was great that Mr. Marri was detained but he had valuable information that was not known until yesterday. The plea agreement will help us convict other detainees we have in custody. Atty. General Eric holder said “this reflects what we can achieve when we have faith in our criminal justice system and are unwavering in our commitment to the values upon which the nation was founded and the rule of law.”

Right wing republicans, pundits, blogs, and posters had tried to redefine the meaning of torture, place the blame on Nancy Pelosi, and those that believe in the rule of law, separation of powers, the Geneva convention, and accountability; instead of facing up to the truth, and help find a reasonable path forward.

As expected Charles Graner and Lynndie England, who were both made famous for applying the Bush administration's torture techniques to prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, are pleading their case to the media and preparing appeals.

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