It is now well documented and known all over the world that the U.S. government tortured detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo and that the U.S. government has had people kidnaped and "renditioned," that is, transported to Third World countries, such as Egypt, to be tortured.
Even as the U.S. government was torturing people, the U.S. government was prosecuting the son of Charles Taylor, the former ruler of Liberia, for torturing political opponents of his father's government. The U.S. government did not employ the Yoo torture memo to justify Liberia's use of torture against those who wished to overthrow the Liberian government or commit terror against it. The U.S. government's position is that Liberia's government had no right to use torture to defend itself. Only an "indispensable nation" such as the U.S. has the right to torture people who are imagined to threaten it.
I use the word "imagined" because approximately 99 percent of the detainees tortured by America were totally innocent people picked up at random or sold to the stupid Americans by warlords as "terrorists." (The U.S. government offered rewards for terrorists, like the bounty offered for outlaws in the "Wild West." The result was that warlords in Afghanistan and Pakistan grabbed whoever was not one of them and sold their captives to Americans as "terrorists.")
According to Carrie Johnson, a Washington Post staff writer, on Oct. 30, 2008, a federal jury in Miami convicted Charles Taylor's son, Chuckie, of torture. Chuckie will be sentenced by the indispensable Americans in January for torture, conspiracy, and firearms violations. He may spend the rest of his life in an American prison. While Chuckie's trial was underway, the Bush regime was torturing people.
The Washington Post writes that Chuckie's conviction is "the first test of an American law that gives prosecutors the power to bring charges for acts of torture committed in foreign lands." In other words, U.S. law against torture applies to the entire world, to every other country except the United States. The hubris is unimaginable – no country can torture except the U.S.
Anyone else who tortures gets life, or, in the case of Saddam Hussein, gets hung by the neck until dead.
Isn't it great to be an American? Our laws don't apply to us, only to every other nation. This is what it means to be the moral light of the world, the unipower, the salt of the earth.