Terrorism and Torture...how do we move forward?

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  1. Trinity

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    A. Do you think no acts of torture were committed under the Bush/Cheney regime? Should we just move on? If so, how? If not, what should be done?

    B. Do you think that acts of torture were committed but because Nancy Pelosi didn't blow the whistle we should all move on? If so, how? If not, what should be done?

    C. Do you believe something else entirely? If so, where do we go from here?

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    Depending on your answer:

    1. Is there ever an argument for torture?

    2. Would God condone torture?

    3. Is waterboarding torture?

    4. Are other Enhanced Interrogations/Harsh Interrogations Torture?

    5. Were the Geneva Conventions and/or International law violated?

    6. Was the Constitution violated?

    7. Is Obama's Military Tribunal Plan the most humane, the most legal and the best option for Detainees?

    8. Is Prolonged Indefinite Detainment the most humane, the most legal and the best option for Detainees?

    9. Can Attorney General Eric Holder prosecute anyone for war crimes when he himself believed that the Detainees did not fall under the Geneva Conventions?

    10. Is Nancy Pelosi lying about what the CIA briefed her on? Is Graham lying? Is Goss lying? Is the CIA lying to Congress misleading congress on torture? Should there be an investigation into the matter?

    11. Did Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have a responsibility to impeach Bush and Cheney if they believed war crimes were committed?

    12. Since Pelosi voted against impeachment are the charges nullified by her failure to recognize the war crimes charges? Do her accusations now look like partisan politics?

    13. Is there a problem in intelligence oversight?

    14. Will changing law and policy on torture change the way the U.S. is viewed in the world for the better?

    15. How can the stain of torture be removed? Will the removal of the "stain" of torture help stop fueling hatred against the U.S and reduce recruitment and prevent terrorists attacks?

    16. If in the future, terrorism rises to a fever pitch and the atmosphere is similar to that after 9/11 and Pres. Obama makes the hard decision to use harsh interrogation techniques (openly or it is discovered after the fact) is there ever a situation that he would be justified?

    17. If you believe there should be Torture prosecutions...who should be prosecuted specifically? Bush? Cheney? Rice? Powell? Bush OLC lawyers? other Bush Dept. of Justice Officials? Bush State Dept Officials? Bush Nat'l Sec. Advisors? Members of Congress w/ Oversight?
    Should there be sanctions for some?
     
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    For the record.......Impeachment by congress and facing criminal charges are 2 different things....

    I also think the OP should begin the discussion by weighing in on her beliefs.
     
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    Fixed that for ya.
     
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    For the record, we have ways we do things in this country. When the President, Vice President commit crimes in office, by the constitution they are to be impeached. The trial would present evidence to Congress and the American people so that we can all know whether our country should proceed with conviction in the impeachment trial and conviction on criminal charges. There is also the criminal impeachment charge of treason.
    Impeachment
    Upon conviction, the official is automatically removed and may also be barred from holding future office. The removed official is also liable to criminal prosecution. - Wikapedia
    This was an effort to move in the direction you seemed to want to go Indy. I am not on trial. You and those who share your position and have been so vocal will need to lay it out. Face your own demands.
     
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    You go first.
     
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    Never said you were on trial, but when you're asking us to state our beliefs on this whole situation, The OP usually opens the discussion by giving their feelings. And your wiki quote supports my contention that impeachment and a criminal trial are 2 entirely different animals. One can face criminal prosecution without being impeached.
     
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    I originally supported Obama's position to 'look forward' and to not prosecute. However, after listening to the torture apologists such as Cheney, I realized that prosecution of those responsible is the only way to ensure this does not happen again. There are too many individuals who are willing to compromise our nation out of fear, politics, and stupidity.

    A special prosecutor can examine who committed acts of torture, who conceived and ordered it, and who condoned it actively or passively. We could see different penalties for different levels of responsibility. I think the important issue is to re-affirm the precedent that the US does not torture, and that we are willing to live to our own standards for the rule of law. This does not mean that we will judge everyone involved harshly.

    Any political implications, such as censure, resignation, or even impeachment could after the criminal prosecution led by the Justice department.
     
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    I'm not asking you to state your beliefs on this whole situation. You have been demanding the questions of me repeatedly and across numerous threads. This is presumably the way you wanted to go, I thought it should be discussed in a manner of relaying personal feelings on torture rather than inserting personal feelings on torture into specific topics like Nancy Pelosi's oversight of the intelligence community and Gen. Petraeus' statements on the Geneva Conventions.

    You don't have to face your own demands but don't expect me to do what you won't do.

    And I never stated that you were wrong about there being 2 different trials. I stated:

    For the record, we have ways we do things in this country. When the President, Vice President commit crimes in office, by the constitution they are to be impeached. The trial would present evidence to Congress and the American people so that we can all know whether our country should proceed with conviction in the impeachment trial and conviction on criminal charges. There is also the criminal impeachment charge of treason.
    Impeachment
    Upon conviction, the official is automatically removed and may also be barred from holding future office. The removed official is also liable to criminal prosecution. - Wikapedia :smile:

     
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    I could not have said it any better than Sparky!!
     
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    as it stands now, from what I know -- no

    other information/viewpoint may persuade me otherwise
     
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    EPIC THREAD WIN! :biggrin1:
     
  13. Trinity

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    Hazel,

    You've won the praise and admiration of the nincompoop of miscomprehension in your quest to advocate violence.
    Congrats to the both of you :35: :rolleyes:
     
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    Well, what does that make you?
    A bitter, feminine Democrat imposing, conservative blog regurgitating, issue dodging bitch? Seriously, dear... I may misinterpret a few small factoids here and there, but I do know how to make my individual voice heard when it's time to get to the fuckin' point. To err is human. To do what YOU do? Starting anywhere up to 15 thread a week of anti-Democrat, anti-Obama rhetoric? Avoid answering questions by posting every internet pundit post you can think of that repeats the same bullet points of the last? It's fuckin' pathetic.

    Also, a word of warning. You may try to refrain from calling people names here. That's another game you won't win with me. :rolleyes:
     
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    Torture was not only committed, its also well documented. We have no choice but to move on. We should take steps to make sure it never happens again.

    Whether NP blew the whistle or not, we as a country need to move on. What is to be gained by dragging out an ex-President and his administration in front of the country? What would we gain by doing so? We don't owe anything to anyone outside of the U.S. regarding our treatment of war prisoners.

    We move on. There are more pressing issues to deal with.

    No.

    Not mine.

    Yes.

    Yes. If you have ask, "Is this torture?", then it is.

    Yes. Generals have even come forward with the same assessment now.

    Strictly speaking? No. The constitution provides no protection to prisoners of war. (my understanding)

    At this point, detainees deserve their day in court. So, yes.

    No. The should be tried without further delay.

    Holder will not ultimately make the determination of the detainee's status when all is said an done.

    I believe some things are better left unknown. The truth of some circumstances could rock the core of liberty. Its best to move on.

    There was no path to impeachment. Furthermore, the impeachment of a president during a war would further jeopardize or national blood and treasure.

    A higher road was taken. The GOP would've impeached Clinton or Obama if the shoe were on the other foot. It sort of makes Bill's lapse of judgment seem like romper-room politics now doesn't it? And dont you think average Americans can see it?

    Who would you propose oversee intel?

    In the short term, no. Long term, it won't have a lasting impact.

    I don't think the "stain" is as large as you'd think.

    No. He is a subscriber to the belief that torture does not provide any real or credible information.

    I think we need to move on.
     
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    Revenge on people innocent of 9/11 is not a pretty sight.

    Apologize, compensate, prosecute those responsible, reiterate that you are not at war with Islam.
     
  17. Trinity

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    As much as you've called me a B*tch and out of my name, in addition to your consistent miscomprehension and dense logic...you have earned that. And that is the only thing you won.:wink:
     
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    No, sweetie. When it comes to the issues and getting to the point, you don't have a leg to stand on against me. All you do is sweat the small stuff, the typos, the small oversights, and repeat stuff written on blogs by other people. You don't come up with your own estimation on the subject matter.

    Which is why in the National Road Trip thread, you're not willing to go toe to toe with anyone about why you're willing to trumpet the demise of our nation based on a guess given by an unknown video creator who made estimates on Obama's financial plan. Of course, since I said two instead of eight on one mindless calculation, you jump up and down as if this is some kind of victory and TRY to make it seems as if I'm missing the point.

    Which is also why in the thread about Nancy Pelosi, you try so desperately to paint her as the picture of torture, acting as if what she knew was more important than the people who actually proposed and acted on the measures. You even criticized her for calling the CIA a bunch of liars, but I've noticed that your silence is DEAFENING when Cheney essentially said the same thing. Hypocrite.

    Trust me, dear... you NEED to be focused on the small stuff. That's all you're good for on this board. Now go ahead and post your next dismissive, fact avoiding post. I know you want to.
     
  19. Trinity

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    And once again you've said a bunch of nothing and there is no need to respond to it. You've earned that clearly. :wink:
     
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    You're so predictable, Trinibitch... really, you are.
    Keep dodging the main issues, OK? :rolleyes:
     
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