<center><h1><a href=http://www.tompaine.com/articles/its_not_only_illegal_its_wrong.php>It's Just Plain Wrong</a></h1></center> <blockquote>In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Rear Admiral John Hutson pointed out that Mr. Gonzales recommendations regarding torture brought increased animosity toward the United States, hurt our intelligence effort, and increased the risks to our troops. This is true. Torture IS counterproductive. But actually its a lot worse. Its also just plain wrong . Thats why there are so many laws against it. Not because its counterproductive...but because its just plain wrong. And it is the rule of law that distinguishes us from animals who dont know right from wrong. With some thingslike torture, like slaverywell, no matter how many people might say such practices are okay, they are not okay. They are objectively evil. They are morally abhorrent...or, at least, they should be.</blockquote> Alberto Gonzales attempted to justify inhumane practices in pursuit of a higher good, but no good can ever come from such practices. They merely serve to desensitize others to those practices and dehumanize those who are the subjects of those practices. Mr. Gonzales is a professed born again Christian, yet I don't ever recall Jesus advocating torture. He admonished us to visit prisoners, not torture them. In attempting to rationalize and justify torture and the violation of international human rights accords the US is signatory to, Mr. Gonzales acted contrary to his own self- professed religious beliefs. Like many in the current administration, Mr. Gonzales wears the mantle of religion like a rabid wolf wears sheeps clothing, so it may go ravening amongst the flock. Mr. Gonzales, by his words and deeds, has shown himself unfit for the post of Attorney General of the US. He should, in good conscience, remove himself from consideration for this, or any other government post.