Peter Jemley

A Profile of Courage, Honor and Integrity

Hat-tip ricardomath

This story comes to us via Common Dreams. It was first published on Sunday, September 7, 2008 by The Toronto Star. It's the story of a US soldier who fled to Canada because of the likelihood that his training and skill at Arabic would put him into a situation he finds untenable: the support of torture through using his knowledge of the language as part of the interrogation of detainees.

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"It's a soldier's obligation to say `no' if their commander is doing things that are criminally complicit," Jemley, now 42, said in a recent interview in Toronto. "I think everyone is agreeing now that torture is really what has been going on ... I have every reason to believe that from my small pool that I belong to, with my credentials, that I'd be ordered to do such things."
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Such a stand would be praised by those who understand the importance of not undermining the US prohibitions against torture and against the undermining of the Geneva Convention; those who support the misguided and malignant failed policies of the Bush regime -- among whom we now find John "I'm against torture, but I support it if you don't call it that" McCain -- would call him a traitor.

Who, though, is betraying whom?