Roberto, this is a post you will have to help me with.
I’ll start with what I have always thought about capital punishment. I’ll have to go back on the tape of the News Hour to find the Congress person’s name, but she seems to be one of the “I would never be a terrorist or be accused of killin’ anyone” types, but she is what I am fighting against.
With regard to capital punishment, I have always thought that it was not right to ask a human to kill another human for money/salary. Better ways to identify suspects has made this a more pressing question. Notwithstanding sloppy lab work, people who were convicted and sentenced to death in our system of justice have been found not guilty.
My point is: what about those executioners — today read CIA professional interrogators — that find out later that they executed/interrogated an innocent person. What about them? How would you feel if you had killed someone and taken them from their family wrongly? Could you live with it, rationalize it or impose it on another to do? Yes, that’s it. Let the pros take care of it. What about the “pro’s” wife or husband? How would you feel knowing that your spouse, brother, sister, mom, dad, had killed someone, without even giving that person the opportunity to fight it? Proud? Honored?
I have always fought my own fights. I have defended myself and my friends. I have never started a physical fight. I have always finished them. (Robert and Maija can attest to this.)
Those who torture incapacitated people are not heros. Those who sit in their living rooms and advocate torture are cowards.
I’ll add to this later — Robert has promised to bring home a couple of books about the effects of torture on the torturers. I think it is mostly regarding Argentina and South Africa.
Lastly, if my senators vote for the bill before the Senate, then I will feel the greatest shame in my life. If some senators manage to stop the insanity, I will be relieved.
Just in case someone other than Robert and my friends are reading this: call your senator. Ask, plead, beg for our country. While your words may fall on deaf ears, our country is worth fighting for.