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Hypocrisy is breathtaking on human rights violations

Well, just when you think things can’t get any stranger, Russia has decided to “blacklist” 18 Americans for alleged human rights violations, including four members of the Bush-Cheney gang who ideated, wrote and carried out various forms of torture on many world citizens in the fabricated war on terror begun during their reign of terror. Go figure.

This unusual rebuttal from Russia comes on the heels of Washington imposing sanctions on 18 Russians for alleged human rights violations, mostly surrounding the questionable beating death of a Russian lawyer/whistle-blower while he was imprisoned for pointing out high levels of graft relating to tax rebates to Russian citizens.

The bright lights in D.C. think it’s incumbent on the Soviets to fully investigate the suspicious death. Shine the candle on this and other egregious human rights violations by the evil empire and bring the culprits to justice. Perhaps we should remind D.C. that when it was our turn to candle light, officials lawyered-up and, through fear, subterfuge and arm-twisting, built massive barriers to fend off cries from various international agencies to bring our own torture culprits to justice. Nope. It was all made legal when things got “hot” after we did it, thanks to the ingenious writings of John Yoo, a former Justice Department lawyer, and the likes of David Addington, a crony and chief of staff to Dick Cheney, and an assist from a couple of high-ranking military commanders at Gitmo who also made the list. Nice.

Here we go again, calling the kettle black. The hypocrisy is breathtaking. Both sides need to stop these charades.

Stephen Saracino

Buffalo