While the nation fusses and frets about the moral appropriateness of some guy holding a religious ceremony at his church and burning a few books that (let’s face it) won’t feel a thing, news is breaking that:
* The CIA operated secret “black site” detention and interrogation centers in Afghanistan, Poland, Thailand and possibly elsewhere in violation of international law. Large numbers of people were “disappeared” to these sites.
* At one such “black site” in Poland, a CIA officer used an electric drill and a handgun as tools in interrogations.
* That CIA officer is now at work training other CIA officers in standards of conduct.
* The Obama administration is working to put at least one detainee interrogated in this manner either on trial or in a military commission, depending on which venue would allow a detainee’s responses under such interrogations to be used against him.
Right about now, if you’re a typical American, there’s a good chance that your eyes are glazing over, that your mind is fogging up a little bit, that you’re thinking you’ve heard it all before, that you’re struggling to care, that perhaps you’re not struggling to care.
Tell me whether anything is going to be done about this in the halls of Congress. Tell me whether anybody is going to march on Washington to protest this. Tell me whether we’ll hear more in the news about this revelation or about the guy who’s going to burn a few pieces of paper this weekend.
Do you remember when we were going to get rid of George W. Bush because he was the crazed kind of extremist president who would allow this sort of thing to happen without accountability? Do you remember when we were going to elect Senator Barack Obama to be president because he told us that in his America, justice would make its triumphant return?
Is this the change you believed in? Something is wrong in this country. Something’s gone very, very wrong.