March 13, 2005

The Illusion of Progress

It's very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that civilization necessarily progresses with time, and that blessed with more experience, we're always in a better position than our predecessors. Of course, for our leadership in DC, ground has clearly been lost since even 1988.

This is the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, officially apologizing to Japanese Americans for the internment, acknowledging the harm caused, and admitting the need for compensation. This is the fifth declaration of the Act's purpose:

To make more credible and sincere any declaration of concern by the United States over violations of human rights committed by other nations.

I'm thinking that after the 'isolated incidents' of torture and sometimes murder at Abu Ghraib and other detention centers in Iraq, Guantanamo, New York, and Afghanistan, as well as the rendition of captives to other governments known to practice torture, America's standard of apology to date isn't going to cut it in regards to restoring our credibility on human rights.

Posted by natasha at March 13, 2005 08:50 AM | Civil Liberties | Technorati links |

I believe that unless we speak out on things that matter, we see our views and our rights dwindle like the "sands of the hourglass"

Student activism on college campuses is still the key. I have started a blog for progressive students at San Jose State University.

Posted by: James Rowen at March 13, 2005 07:05 PM