Would VP Pick Sarah Palin, if She Became President, Oppose Independent Judicial Processes and Support Torture?

One of Sarah Palin’s big applause lines in her 2008 Republican Convention speech was this:

Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America . . . [Obama’s] worried that someone won’t read them their rights!

This is a gross distortion of the issues that have swirled around the way that we have detained and interrogated terror suspects since the “War on Terror” began, and makes one wonder if Palin would drip with such contempt for judicial due process and torture were she to become president.

Reading international terror suspects a Miranda-like list of rights akin to what American citizens receive on arrest by a police officer, is not at issue.

But whether we are going to be a nation of laws, and of independent judicial processes—and whether or not we TORTURE people in our custody, are at issue.

Palin’s speech dripped with authoritarian cynicism in this regard.

It should be read as a warning about what a Palin presidency, should she ever ascend to that height, might mean:

  • the further erosion of independent judicial due process
  • the torture of foreigners held in our custody

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to Would VP Pick Sarah Palin, if She Became President, Oppose Independent Judicial Processes and Support Torture?

  1. C. Pena-Gomez says:

    A McCain presidency would be like Esenhower, mildly strong with emphasis in domestic issues, while a Palin presidency would be like Reagan(tough and with emphasis in foregn affairs). McCain would pick Joe Liberman as Secretary of State while Palin would pick Gen. Petreus. Palin would pick former generals, CEOs and Univeresity presidents for her cabinet, and business owners, mid career professionals, expert in security, former police officers and ex FBIs as her close advisory team.

  2. santitafarella says:

    C. Pena:

    You might be right.

    But we simply don’t know enough about her to really say yet, do we?

  3. BSL says:

    Since McCain has backed away from his sentiments against torture and supported waterboarding, would this make the Republican ticket the Torture Ticket???

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