Lets say you heard someone screaming in pain or gasping urgently to catch their breath as they were drowning. What would you do? Would you turn the screw a little tighter on the person who is screaming? Would you push the drowning person’s head under the water one more time? Probably not – or so I would hope.
What would you think of the person who perpetrated the act? Would you say “good job” or “maybe you shouldn’t have done that, but its ok, I forgive you, nothing will happen”? What about the person who ordered other people to commit these acts, who conceived and perpetrated a United States Government policy that permitted torture outlawed by the Geneva convention.
Since he was elected, Obama has had 93 days to think about it. He thought hard, contemplated all of the consequences, and then made statements through his Attorney General that basically said to these amoral war criminals, “you made a mistake, let’s move on.”
Thousands of people were tortured in the last 8 years. It wasn’t a mistake, it was government policy that started right from the top and for that reason I suggest we give all of the leaders of the last administration and their advisors a one-way ticket to Spain to face international criminal charges. Obama doesn’t quite see it my way.
But lets take a look at the thousands of people who are in federal prison for marijuana. They didn’t torture anybody, they enhanced the lives of others and some even provided medicine to people. But for these people, Obama has contempt.
Disingenuously, Attorney General Holder said it wasn’t government policy to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries and caregivers. This was an outright lie. Charles Lynch (LINK) has been prosecuted by the fed government. The judge asked for a statement of government policy before sentencing. The Department of Justice’s reply- “full speed ahead! Lock him up! And we are going after others!”
Days later when Obama was asked a question about legalizing marijuana to help change the economy he gave sort of a contemptuous snicker about those crazy internet “special interest groups”: pot smokers. He had a compliant audience to snicker with him. Seems to me that just a few months ago when he was running for election he wasn’t so contemptuous of the internet or the people who were hoping for real change. He thought they were pretty cool then.
So, mercy for torturers no justice for pot users. Am I living in the Bush administration? …More to come.