Servant of the Secret Fire

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The name I've chosen comes from "Lord of the Rings," when Gandalf faces down the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. My Hebrew name is Esther (which is related to the word for "hidden" or "secret") Serafina (which means "burning"). This seems appropriate because although I don't usually put myself forward, I do care very passionately about a lot of things. Maybe through these blogs I can share some of these passions, as well as less weighty ideas and opinions, with others.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Why we shouldn't torture

As many have said, it's sad (and frightening) that this should even be open to discussion.

Below are links to some excellent articles on the topic. The first is by Ray McGovern, a retired intelligence analyist with 27 years experience and the founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. The second is by John Dean, former White House counsel. The third, and most powerful, is by Vladimir Bukovsky, who spent nearly 12 years in Soviet prisons, labor camps and psychiatric hospitals for nonviolent human rights activities and knows about torture from first-hand experience as well as from living in a totalitarian society.

McCain's Defining Moment

Shocking The Conscience Of America: Bush And Cheney Call For The Right To Torture And Are Decisively and Correctly Rebuffed by the House

Torture's Long Shadow


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