Attorney General Michael Mukasey has said he will not look into illegal waterboarding, because the then attorneys for the neocons in the White House said at the time that it was legal. (CNN. February 7th, 2008.) Therefore, if you are in the federal government and the U.S. Attorney General tells you that it is legal for you to cut your children's throats just because you think they might one day displease you, you'll be immune from the U.S. Justice Department investigating you. You're covered even though you knew cutting your children's throats was illegal.
Let's be clear here. No one didn't know that torture was illegal. No CIA agent didn't know that waterboarding was illegal. Everyone in power who is saying anything to the contrary is just flat out lying. What's more, everyone in and out of government who has two brain cells to rub together knows it.
Look, people are responsible to think about what is unethical, immoral, sinful, or legal or illegal before they engage in activity. Soldiers are told to disobey illegal orders.
The problem we have is with hypocrisy. That's what Jesus said, and he was 100% right about it.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers asked Mukasey if he would be investigating. Mukasey said he would not be. Now what?
Before the Democrats regained control of the committees in both houses of Congress, Conyers was yelling often about impeaching the President and Vice President. Now he's doing nothing. He did that so Democrats would be voted in (on those political planks). Now he's saying that it wouldn't go over on Fox News. Who cares whether or not something would or wouldn't go over on Fox News?
Well, as the Church and as Christians, we aren't about judging people to condemn them. We only raise these types of issue so that the discussion about the evil of hypocrisy can be placed front and center in people's daily lives. That's for the sake of eliminating that hypocrisy. It is for the sake of all the good that will transpire once that happens. That's all, and it's everything.
We know that waterboarding happened even though the government had tried to keep it somewhat under wraps. CIA Director Michael Hayden has admitted it happened. They leaked it to reduce people's inhibitions toward it.
Real evil and so-called progress take two steps forward and then only one back. Real evil disguises itself as progress. What passes as Progressivism is often just lowering inhibitions to doing harm. This is why so many people can't understand humanity claiming modernity and civility while so many refuse to shed the snakeskin.
People need to evolve beyond the neocon, neolib, selfish, reptilian brain.