Calling for truth and dignity in the nation's conduct

Submitted by PAAMember on November 17, 2005 - 3:00pm. ::

Calling for truth and dignity in the nation's conduct

Near the end of the Edward R. Murrow movie, "Good Night, and Good
Luck," Sen. Joseph McCarthy is confronted by Joseph Welch, civilian
counsel for the U.S. Army. McCarthy's personal abuse of opponents had
reached a peak in the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954.

In his rumbling voice, Welch intoned, "You have done enough. Have you
no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of

Where is Welch when we need him? (Or Murrow, for that matter?)

And where is the decency of this nation?

Who built the moral cesspool into which this nation has sunk with its
secret prisons and secret prisoners, legalized torture, indefinite
imprisonment without trial or counsel?

Is it Vice President Dick Cheney, pleading a CIA exemption from the
torture ban that passed the Senate with 90 votes?
Is it Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis
Hastert who, upon hearing leaked intelligence that the CIA is using
secret prisons in other countries, beyond the reach of American
torture laws, decided to investigate the leak