A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

While at the same time... 

In California, there's a legal debate whether the application of the death penalty by 'lethal injection' is too painful and thus in violation of the 8th Amendment's prohibition against 'cruel and unusual' punishment.

At the same time, there is legislation at the federal level which permits the use of interrogation techniques that some equate with torture. So, a person who is tried and convicted of a captial crime, who is facing the ultimate penalty enforced by the state, may be having his/her rights violated by the infliction of pain associated with the execution. Yet, a person who has had no trial, no conviction and no chance to defend against the charges, but is suspected of having some knowledge, may be subject to 'compassionate coercion' which may be physically or mentally painful.

The fact that these two issues are being debated at the same time seems a bit odd to me.

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