Friday, May 15, 2009

Opinions are anti-American


Clearly, you and your resident name-callers, Murphy and Parker, are far more interested in criminalizing Americans who authorized or utilized waterboarding for the purpose and with the effect of saving American lives than you are in bringing to justice or even deterring terrorists, like Sheik Mohammed, who have murdered thousands of Americans and can hardly wait to do so again.

To serve your curiously anti-American agenda, you ignore proven facts, dismiss contrary evidence as lies, scream "torture," "criminals" and "war crimes" at the top of your editorial lungs, all the while conveniently overlooking the fact that years ago top Congressional leaders, including Nancy Pelosi, were briefed on and approved the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" that you now claim offend your purported values.

However, try as you might, you simply cannot escape the indisputable fact that although planned, no further attacks were made on America after 9/11 and the complained-of techniques unquestionably contributed to this happy result.

Stripped of invective and misstatements, your editorial campaign rests on two remarkably anti-American propositions: (1) that "waterboarding" terrorists so offends your values that banning its use is appropriate even if American lives may be lost as a result; (2) that Americans (including our then-president) who authorized or utilized these techniques thereby saving American lives should be prosecuted as criminals.

America's enemies (who are on the rise and coming ever closer to acquiring nuclear weapons) will find both aid and comfort in the substance of your campaign. You should examine in this respect your own culpability under Article III, Section 3 of our Constitution.

Edwin C. Thomas

Sun Valley




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