I’ve been neglecting Katalusis lately as I’ve been distracted by a failed automobile and the necessity to complete several freelance writing projects. I know: excuses, excuses…
First the car. Rust overcame my old Mercury Topaz, and it was no longer safe to drive, so it’s destined for the scrap heap. The car search took awhile, but I’m now the owner of a used, dark green Honda Civic coupe that’s even fun to drive to the supermarket a few miles away.
As for the freelance writing projects, they require interviews, research, and a very different style of writing than that required by posting at Katalusis.
In the meantime, I’ve only glanced briefly at the headlines, shuddering at the murder of Dr. Tiller in Wichita, Dick Cheney’s repeated defense of waterboarding, and reading more descriptions of the yet-to-be released photos of detainee abuse, which brings me to this evening’s post featuring former president Jimmy Carter.
The Huffington Post reports:
In an interview with CNN's Campbell Brown, former president Jimmy Carter said he disagreed with President Obama's decision to oppose the release of photos depicting detainee torture. " I don't have the responsibility to deal with the consequences, but I think ... most of his supporters were hoping that he would be much more open in the revelation of what we've done in the past."
Campbell Brown: Weigh in if you will on the torture debate, what about prosecuting Bush administration officials who approved waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics. You know, there's a real split in your party about this issue. What do you think?
Former President Carter: Well, I think prosecuting is too strong a word, what I would like to see is a complete examination of what did happen, the identification of any perpetrators of crimes against our own laws or against international law and then after all that's done, decide whether or not there should be any prosecutions. But the revelation of what did happen is what I think I would support.