Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Tale of 2 Platforms

1st, What the 2008 Democratic Party platform says about the United States, Guantánamo, and torture:

p. 30:

To empower forces of moderation, America must live up to our values, respect civil liberties, reject torture, and lead by example.

p. 54:

We reject torture.

p. 55:

To build a freer and safer world, we will lead in ways that reflect the decency and aspirations of the American people. We will not ship away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in faroff countries, or detain without trial or charge prisoners who can and should be brought to justice for their crimes, or maintain a network of secret prisons to jail people beyond the reach of the law. We will respect the time-honored principle of habeas corpus, the seven century-old right of individuals to challenge the terms of their own detention that was recently reaffirmed by our Supreme Court. We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, the location of so many of the worst constitutional abuses in recent years. With these necessary changes, the attention of the world will be directed where it belongs: on what terrorists have done to us, not on how we treat suspects.



2d, What the 2008 Republican Party platform says about the United States, Guantánamo, and torture:







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