Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Today President Bush signed a bill into law that will have far reaching ramifications, from the wires:

"The law protects detainees from blatant abuses during questioning - such as rape, torture and "cruel and inhuman" treatment - but does not require that any of them be granted legal counsel. Also, it specifically bars detainees from filing habeas corpus petitions challenging their detentions in federal courts. Bush said the process is "fair, lawful and necessary."

While giving prisoners of war and suspected terrorists basic human rights, this law gives interrogators the ability to gain vital information that could protect your family. The question becomes, is this a good law? Is it right to sacrifice the few to protect the masses? Or to put it simply, if your child was in the hands of terrorists and the government had captured someone who was involved and could get your child back, where would you want the line drawn? At what point would you say this is beyond humane in getting answers that would save your child's life, or would there be any line?

These are the tough questions that are considered and dealt with by our President and those in power. It can be easy for us to sit on the sidelines and pontificate about what would be a better way to do things, but the reality is that these are hard issues. I applaud our President for doing what he believes is best to protect our country. Say what you will about him, and disagree with him where you will, as I do on a number of issues, but you have to give him credit here. President Bush consistently acts in what he believes is the best interests for the safety of our kids and grandkids, and for that we should all be thankful!

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pastor tom