John Mahoney's Free-fire Zone
John Mahoney
John Mahoney
is editor of the Log Cabin Chronicles.

His previous columns are archived HERE.

Posted 012.09.04
Fool's Hollow, Quebec


America, for shame, for shame

Do not prattle to me any more about being the Land of the free and the home of the brave.

Do not try to con me with your drivel about being one nation under God.

Do not snarl your disbelief that torture is a tool in your government's bag of tricks, and to expose it is treason.

The Gestapo were masters of the dirty art of torture, the KGB adept. In Argentina, in Turkey, in Iraq torturers were kept busy.

And now, America, you've joined their sinful ranks.

Place the blame where it starts - in the office of President George W. Bush.

That's where the nod and the wink is given to the legal obfuscations that trickle down to the female soldier in the field that makes it okay to twist the nuts of a dirty raghead to extract "intelligence."

What, you won't talk? I'll just bend your thumbs back to your wrists…then'll you spill your guts, Mustafa.

Or I'll shove your head into a bucket of water until you think you're going to drown. And I'll do it again. And again…

Or I'll strip you and freeze you, and not let you sleep, and bend you and kick you and set fierce dogs upon you.

This is not torture. Americans do not torture.

This is rigorous interrogation approved by the Chain of Command and sanctioned by the highest authorities in government - the best and the brightest.

Please keep in mind that slightly more than half of the voters in the United States of American recently gave George W. Bush of Crawford, Texas, a mandate to govern the country for the next four years.

Be careful what you say.

Remember: America…does…not…use…torture.

    The columnist Molly Ivins is one of the few American writers that I've read who has spoken out on torture by her countrymen:

    "My question is: What are you going to do about this? It's your country, your money, your government. You own it, you run it, you are the board of directors. They are doing this in your name. The people we elect to public office do what you want them to. Perhaps you should get in touch with them."