Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (11/9, A-5) has demanded an investigation into the leak of classified information about secret detention centers in other countries where prisoners are being held. The poor man just doesn’t get it.
If what he is after is payback for the Valerie Plame scandal, someone needs to explain this to him: A manipulative leak that exposes a CIA operative is not the same as blowing the whistle on continued prisoner abuse that is illegal and immoral. As in the Terri Schiavo debacle, Frist is misjudging public opinion.
I remember the scene in “A Clockwork Orange” in which the violent protagonist’s punishment was having his eyes clamped open, forcing him to watch violent acts over and over again until he could no longer tolerate them. I would like Frist to have to repeatedly watch the torture that has been perpetrated on scores of foreign prisoners during this administration’s watch.
Maybe then he would finally get it: The majority of Americans once felt proud to be on the moral high ground. Many or most are now ashamed of what the rest of the world thinks of us.