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Tortured Reasoning

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 12:33 PM
Good people do not sanction torture.
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Tortured Reasoning

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 12:15 PM
tibby: Who is refusing to prosecute whom?
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Tortured Reasoning

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 11:52 AM
Here, here, ericy!
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Tortured Reasoning

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 11:48 AM
A terrorist is a danger, no doubt, but unrestrained government is a far greater danger. There are reasons that the framers bequeathed to us a government with limited powers.
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Tortured Reasoning

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 11:37 AM
The danger is in institutionalizing the barbarity.
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Tortured Reasoning

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 11:13 AM
scrow: You are confusing universal rights with limited jurisdiction.
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Tortured Reasoning

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 11:07 AM
It is possible to create an unlimited number of hypothetical cases which allow for no good solution. Sophie's Choice for example. An individual may make such a decision. Governments are far to dangerous to be allowed that kind of latitude. Regarding Justice Scalia, he is as likely as anyone to fall victim to his own prejudices. The Constitution is not subject to interpretation; it means what is says. And your interpretation is flawed; humans have rights, citizenship is not required.
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Tortured Reasoning

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 10:41 AM
The disquiet I feel being at odds with normally brilliant and moral Thomas Sowell, is worse than the horror I'm experiencing at being on the same side as the despicable and fundamentally immoral dimwit John McCain. The issue of State sanctioned torture however, puts me in exactly that position. If the U.S. Constitution is to be considered at all, those who support the official use of torture, are quintessentially un-American. If reference to the Declaration of Independence is to be seen as any sort of guide for the proper role of government, then those desirous of the use of torture are quantifiably un-American. When natural rights are ignored in favor of political of military expedience all is lost. No one who believes in those rights, or the ideals upon which this great nation was founded can legitimately lay claim the status of being an American and simultaneously support torture. When it comes to respect of unalienable rights there can be no compromise.
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The CIA and Its Torturers

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 11, 2014 1:32 PM
Two things that fools believe: 1. Water boarding is not torture. 2. Water boarding is effective in coercing information from unwilling interrogatees.
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The CIA and Its Torturers

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 11, 2014 1:27 PM
There is only one way to keep a government agency from being used for political purposes: eliminate the agency!
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Is Law Optional?

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 09, 2014 10:34 AM
Jeff: Thank you for asking. The first step is to alter common public attitudes regarding law. Education is key, but nearly impossible to accomplish. There are two glaring deficiencies in peoples understanding of our legal system: ignorance of the difference between legal and lawful, the importance of the concept of jury nullification. The authoritarians, now in control of so many aspects of our lives, have a vested interest in keeping the people confused on both of the above topics. It is no accident that our schools are in such disarray. These days, indoctrination assumes priority over education.
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