Even though the main purpose of this new blog is to tell a story and outline a new direction for me, I’m still going to intersperse with that some commentary on the world around me in real time. Hope you don’t mind, don’t really care if you do.
As some know already, I run a number of email discussion groups. Feeding into one of these is a lady who fills in her time browsing the web for news articles relevant to Australian politics. Today, she sent these two articles (amongst several others). I think they’re worth reading. They’re both about Americans, but the articles appeared in the Australian press.
The first article is about an intelligence officer in Iraq who returned to civilian life, but was deeply traumatised by his work in the prisons of Iraq. He was an interrogator. And when he found he was reading books about Nazi torture techniques in order to be more effective at his job, he realised he’d gone too far.
The second article is a call for the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay to be closed. By none other than Colin Powell. As he puts it:
“Guantanamo has become a major, major problem … in the way the world perceives America… we have shaken the belief the world had in America’s justice system by keeping a place like Guantanamo open and creating things like the military commission. We don’t need it and it is causing us far more damage than any good we get for it.”
I guess he’d know.