On Sept. 10, President Bush went on national television and defended cruel and humiliating treatment of detainees. He went even further when he proposed legislation that would legalize military tribunals which the U.S. supreme Court has already repudiated. Additionally, he wants to grant immunity from prosecution to administration officials who sanction the use of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment as well as prohibit the federal courts from intervening on these human rights issues.
Now America has secret prisons abroad, unlimited power to hold people without charges and protection for those who break international law. Is this the America we can be proud of? Is this the America our founding fathers envisioned? Is this the America that sets the example for the rest of the world? How can we be fighting for liberty for others when we deny it right here?