We’re back in being Americans Again

There are freedoms’ we as Americans enjoy and cherish, and allow others, outside the United States, to join in with us to participate in a morale way of life under the “rule of law.”  Many of these freedoms’ were renewed today, in a form of a signature, by our President, on issuing a series Executive Orders, such as, the freeing of political prisoners, the closing of secret prisons and most importantly receding the usage of torture.

Fellow blogger, David Cohen eloquently brought these aforementioned point out in his posting entitled “Obama’s Stroke of Pen Protects National Security and Human Rights” and appearing on Council for a Livable World.

Here are a few excerpts of his posting:

Obama’s Stroke of Pen Protects National Security and Human Rights

Posted By David Cohen
Jan 23, 2009

With a stroke of a pen President Obama has protected our national security and human rights. By reversing Bush-Cheney counter-terrorism policies that failed and were disrespected, Obama, in his words,  placed the US on a course that demonstrates that “our ideals give us the strength and moral high ground” to protect us and the rights we cherish.

Obama used his executive power to close the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay within a year, end the CIA’s secret prisons and require all interrogation to follow non-coercive methods by using the procedures and practices of the Army Field Manual.

A story is worth telling. In 2005 I facilitated a strategy session of numerous human rights groups determined to reverse legislatively the Bush pro-torture policies.

Obama’s executive orders move the US from the moral gutter to high ground. Let us hope that we have begun to climb.


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