I was shocked, but not surprised, to read the following headline in the Wall Street Journal today (February 9, 2008) “CIA Likely Let Contractors Perform Waterboarding”. Over the past several weeks we have heard the U.S. Attorney General testify that, if done to him, he would consider waterboarding toture but he wasn’t sure if it was really torture when done to our enemies. Then the Director of the CIA testifies, at least truthfully, that yes indeed our agents used waterboarding on “high priority targets” in the past and felt that they needed the flexibility to continue the practice. He did say that the CIA would play within the boundaries of whatever box Congress built for them.
Waterboarding is considered torture by all civilized nations and the United States has prosecuted those who have used the technique on our solders. There is no question that it is torture and there is no moral rationale for its use. In fact, its use puts our country and our soldiers at greater risk in the world.
The boundary the CIA Director is talking about is actually a fundamental cornerstone of democracy called “the rule of law”. It is not by accident the “the rule of law” is one of the underlying principles of Sacred Leadership. I included this principle because of the danger of leaders overstepping the bounds of moral behavior in pursuit of a sacred mission. Remembef, the mission loses its sacred nature when we ignore any of these fundamental principles. You can read more about the fundamental principles underlying Sacred Leadership at http://sacredleadership.org/principles.htm.
As I have said in previous posts, we must stop living in fear and see our role in the greater global system called humankind. We are not victims of this system, we are an integral part of it. Our actions impact the system so let’s be sure they are moral and represent the legacy we want to leave future generations.
What do you think?