Tuesday, February 01, 2005

A beating

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is trying his best today to defend our recent flirtations with torture. His real cause is defending Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales.

Cornyn, who fills the seat left vacant when Phil Gramm retired in 2002, is a fine water-carrier for President Bush.

We think we just heard the senator say that what is wanted is more rights for terrorists than are afforded to American citizens. Uh, what?

Cornyn is playing a shameful game. What we already know is damning.

Gonzales and others in the Bush administration have dismissed basic conditions of the Geneva Conventions and other treaties outlining humane treatment of all prisoners.

They looked into ways to skirt torture prohibitions.

A pattern of prisoner abuse has been detailed in places like Guantanamo, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The sources reporting this abuse come from the International Red Cross, the FBI and the CIA.

That's what we know today. What will we know tomorrow? Does Sen. Cornyn care?