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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • LETTER: Essay on torture raised questions

  • The issue of torture by America is simply wrong, and there is no reason to use it.

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    Dear Mr. Moyers and Mr. Winship:
    Thank you for your recent article. First let me say “my conscience was troubled” by the article. The “trouble” foremost resides with me knowing in my heart of hearts this is occurring and I have done nothing. To use two quotes from my father: “By doing nothing you have done something” and “It is not a problem unless it happens to you.” Strong quotes, but the applicability has unforeseen consequences.
    The issue of torture by America is simply wrong, and there is no reason to use it. The other thought that concerns me if torture is allowed in third-party abusive regimes: Will this abusive policy over time condition us to have a  benign mindset that is a procedure of our government? Could this lead to development of murky definition of “who is a terrorist?” Can the definition become broad enough to include respectful political or religious dissent within American borders? I think sadly, left unchecked and unchallenged over time, it can take on a life of its own.
        
    I do need to contact my state and federal representatives to voice my concern. At least my conscience will not be troubling me.
    Thank for your concern of others and being farsighted.
    STEPHEN BARDZILOWSKI
    Flushing, Mich.
     
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