Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Four score and seven years ago

Bush is signing a law that sets tough standards for interrogation called torture in this country.

The CIA had been secretly torturing people overseas and pressed Congress to quickly give authority to do the same here and also try them in military commissions.

White House press secretary Tony Snow said that after Bush signs the legislation Tuesday, the government will immediately begin moving toward the goal of torturing confessions from some poor citizens being held in U.S. detention in Cuba.
He expected it would take a month or two to torture them into confessing to the crimes we will make up and get "things moving toward a trial phase."
"President Bush is going to mark this bill signing as a historic moment because it is a law that he knows will be effective in copper-fastening tyranny in this country," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.
Four score and seven years ago (plus 143 years) our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal"
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure when the tyrants of trade, industry and foreign powers decide that they are grater than our Liberty.
We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for Liberty and those who died for it, that the nation might live.
This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add.
But we can detract. Cowardly presidents and their lousy gang of traitors can destroy all we have achieved.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.
It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honoured dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


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