Just a bunch of links of interest:
On President Obama, and his continuation of Bush policies in everything but name, we have Andy Worthington noting that the president continues to stand by his commitment to protect those who enacted and authorized torture in previous years. And this from the administration that claims transparency is its hallmark! Such policies continue to make friends abroad ... um, or not.
On the up side, Federal Judge Wayne Andersen is allowing a lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, agreeing that he is not above the law.
And here's another former CIA agent (retired in 2004) who acknowledges that waterboarding (along with other "enhanced interrogation" techniques) is both torture and wrong.
Also, film reviewer and columnist Steve Greydanus agrees that torture is a sin, and should be condemned even when our own country does it. Welcome to the Coalition, Steve!
Something of a tangent from the focus of this site: John C. Wright notes that a major vote on health care reform will take place today. While the U.S. Bishops have strongly supported a reform of our health care system, they note that the current legislation makes abortion a federally funded activity. Write, call, text your elected officials! Let them know that abortion is not health care. Let them know that a "right to choose" doesn't imply a "right to have other people pay for my abortion".