The American Psychological Association has voted to ban any of its members from taking part in the Gestapo-devised torture techniques authorized and enforced by president George W. Bush and vice-president Dick Cheney. The letter the APA president sent president Bush is amazing. I cannot imagine any other president ever receiving such a letter. It concludes:

There have been many reports, from credible sources of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees during your term of office. Therefore the American Psychological Association strongly calls on you and your administration to safeguard the phsyical and psychological well-being and human rights of individuals incarcerated by the US government ...

The present is being very harsh on George W. Bush. The future, I suspect, will be much harsher. The stain on this country's decency and honor is indelible. It will take decades to restore the reputation that generations of Americans, from the very beginning, fought and died so bravely to establish.

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