Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Institutionalist" Panel Confirms US "Indisputably" Engaged in Torture Post-9/11 | Common Dreams

"Institutionalist" Panel Confirms US "Indisputably" Engaged in Torture Post-9/11 | Common Dreams

- Lauren McCauley, staff writer
An independent examination of the United States' post-9/11 rendition program released Tuesday concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture.” Though not groundbreaking news, the findings—which were reached by a "cautious, institutionalist" panel—demonstrate new and widespread awareness of our nation's past and perpetual crimes against civilians.
(Photo: Shrieking Trees/ Flickr)Published by the Constitution Project, the 580-page report (pdf) found that "in the course of the nation's many previous conflicts" never before had there been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.”
Furthermore, the report argues that the use of torture has “no justification” and “damaged the standing of our nation, reduced our capacity to convey moral censure when necessary and potentially increased the danger to U.S. military personnel taken captive.”


TONY said...

Picked this one up a day or so ago too. As it happens I'm going with a lawyer friend to hear a talk by Clive Stafford-Smith on torture/HR/Gitmo tomorrow night in Glasgow. Will report back on it.

RealityZone said...

"If you want justice go to a whore house.
If you want to get fucked go to a court house. :-)

I hate to sound like a broken record.
But, the illegal torture would be almost sort of acceptable, IF, IF, one of those masters of war would ah=have been held accountable.
One of the main sticking points also is that O turned the page.
This was not done by accident.

RealityZone said...

If they have a Q&A session tomorrow night.
On the contrary, they were promoted.