I live in Missouri, a red state. During the 2004 campaign, George Bush visited a neighboring community. My son and I stood among 3,000 Bush supporters carrying signs that called for an end to state sanctioned torture. We were heckled and threatened by morons who didn’t even believe it was happening. We lost the election and for the next four years shocking details came out about the extent of state sanctioned torture.
5 years later we have a democratic president who wants to protect Bush from accountability by hiding the evidence of his illegal actions. I went door to door for this guy, made phone calls and helped organize others to do the same. I went to see him speak in Kansas City and when he was asked about accountability for illegal torture he said, “No one is above the law”, and “We will not have two forms of justice” He lied. Seeing this “exception” to the Freedom of Information Act being approved by Obama in HR 2346 is insult to injury in my opinion.
Before the election I believed things were as they are because we had the wrong leadership. Now I believe that they are this way because the leaders know we’ll follow them to hell. This decision matters. If we accept this, we will have to accept more and more because accepting it will grant them permission. If we reject this now and Obama faces a legislative defeat, perhaps he will listen to us. If not, we will have lost again. Lost because we allowed it.
Snip- “The Senate, with the backing of the Obama administration, has also added an amendment that would allow the administration to keep secret photographs of U.S. torture and mistreatment of detainees and prisoners, allowing the Department of Defense to exempt such photos from provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), who sponsored the Detainee Photographic Records Protection Act, said the language specifically addresses a FOIA suit filed by the ACLU for the pictures: the Lieberman amendment will “authorize the Secretary of Defense, after consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, to certify to the President that the disclosure of photographs like the ones at issue in the ACLU lawsuit would endanger the lives of our citizens or members of the Armed Forces or civilian employees of the United States government deployed abroad. The certification would last five year and could be renewed by the Secretary of Defense if the threat to American personnel continues.””