Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mr. President, Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant

With all due respect, Mr. President, you are wrong to order government lawyers to object to the Court Ordered release of photos depicting the abuse of "detainees" while in American custody.

It is the responsibility of a democracy such as ours to see what has been wrought in our name, for in the end, we are the end of the line for the proverbial buck.

If horrible things were done in our name, than we have to face the music. Keeping it secret will do nothing to make our nation and our soldiers abroad more or less safe. Those people that hate us already hate us, and not for the acts portrayed in these photos. Last time I checked, we were attacked on September 11, 2001, for reasons far more esoteric than what is contained in these photos.

Rather, it is in our best interests, in the spirit of turning over a new leaf as represented by your presidency, to show that the attitudes of secrecy and exceptionalism surrounding our actions are no more, and the crimes of the Bush White House are not going to be whitewashed, but brought to light. We must show the world the depth of the crimes to which we were all party before we can begin to heal our national soul.

Sweeping our crimes under the rug will not suffice. We must face the music, as bitter as it might be.

So draw back the curtain of secrecy, and let the sun shine in. To do any less only perpetuates the crimes already committed and depicted in the photos, like a murderer coming to the grave of his victim to defile the body.

And if these photos necessarilly lead to a reckoning to those in charge at the time of the depicted acts, so be it. We permitted George W. Bush to sow the wind. It is our national duty to reap his whirlwind. Let that be George the Lesser's legacy.

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