One of the points I’ve been banging away at for lo these many years is that, once you make torture into the policy of the state, it is inevitable that the state will deliberately torture innocent people and then declare them guilty by virtue of the fact that, hey!, if we tortured you, you *must* be guilty!
La voila! A US Court confirms that we deliberately tortured a guy we knew to be innocent in order to obtain a false confession. Here is the Court’s own quote of an interrogator talking to al-Rabiah during his interrogation:
There is nothing against you. But there is no innocent person here. So, you should confess to something so you can be charged and sentenced and serve your sentence and then go back to your family and country, because you will not leave this place innocent.
Court Memorandum and Order, p. 41
You can read the whole disgusting story here. Oh, and lest you think this is all an exercise in tribal partisanship from Huffpo, note how the Obama administration is making the parking on the right now the parking on the left by pursuing charges against a man they also knew was plainly innocent of all charges, simply to prevent embarrassing the government.
I hate being right all the time. My sole consolation is that literally any fool could have foreseen this. Once you start violating the laws of God and man and committing war crimes, you *have* to say that every victim had it coming. Otherwise, you torture, you know, an innocent man and are a monster.
This is what “conservative Catholics” have been supporting in greater percentages than the general population. God grant us a return to the confessional, sincere repentance, and a new birth of courage rather than the miserable cowardice that has enabled this evil for far too long.
And God grant the Obama cultists the moxie to tell their Hero to live up to his promises to them.