Friday, September 17, 2010

The Reaganites vs. Bush and Cheney

Ronald Reagan took a strong stand against torture, and it is good to see that some of his people are coming forward now to denounce the criminal regime of Bush and Cheney. Reuters:
Torture sanctioned by President George W. Bush to fight terrorists was illegal and wrong and America has yet to confront the topic to avoid future abuses, the U.S. Solicitor General for President Ronald Reagan argues in a new book.

"Because it is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror" by Harvard Law scholar Charles Fried, a Republican, and his son Gregory Fried -- a philosophy professor who votes Democrat -- asks if it is permissible to torture in order to safeguard Americans.

Despite the differing politics of the father-son authors, they agreed it was never morally right to torture and therefore never permissible to do so.

"I think that (the Bush administration) broke the law and what they did was disgusting and terrible and degrading," Charles Fried told Reuters in an interview.

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