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Innocent until proven guilty

A radical principle established in our Constitution is “innocent until proven guilty” to protect the innocent from abuses by the government. If you are arrested, our Constitution protects you, as it should the innocent and the guilty. Torture is never right, never acceptable, and never in line with American values.

In torturing prisoners not charged, not tried, and not convicted of a crime, Army Spc. Charles Graner broke many laws, including one that requires him to disobey an illegal order. Alberto Gonzales advised the president that torture was acceptable, and he is therefore unsuitable to become attorney general. “Just following orders” is not acceptable and the investigation into Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo torture must be investigated far up the command line, not stopping until the rotten root is exposed.

When Americans stoop to torture, we show the world that we are no better than the terrorists themselves. Innocents have been tortured and killed based on nothing more than suspicions. To establish the rule of law in Iraq, we must abide by the rule of law ourselves. Torture by American soldiers disgraces America.

Jeff Carver

Nevada City

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