To the editor:
I count five incomplete letters to the editor staring at me from the desktop. Seems I no sooner start one in response to an outrageous piece of news than another story wrecks my concentration.
Two items in the Monday, Sept. 18, Journal-World brought painful focus. The first was the Wartime Detention Timeline. We're reminded that our president, under cover of national security, decided to ignore Geneva Convention rights more than four years ago. We first heard of secret CIA prisons from the Washington Post in December 2002. This year the Supreme Court said it's unlawful to ignore prisoner rights; the administration plans to change the law. Rumsfeld questions the definition of torture. (Have to remind myself this is the United States.) Perhaps he should experience various techniques to help with answers.
Which brings me to item No. 2. The cartoon on page 6B shows shadowy figures talking about Bush's version of the Geneva Conventions. The next frame is heartbreakingly clear as the shadowy figures are revealed standing over a bound U.S. soldier.
I'm tired of the argument for "anything goes" to protect Americans. I'm appalled at the idea of secret CIA prisons around the world full of hidden horrors. I challenge those willing to sacrifice our national identity on the altar of "safety" to look at the drawing and see their son (daughter, husband, wife) in that place. Keep it with you.