The Feinstein hit on the CIA has occasioned a new round of soul-searching (“Democrats define ‘politicization’ with so-called torture report,” Web, Dec. 15). Can we define torture, or is it subjective? Should we apply the Potter Stewart approach to the definition of torture, recalling that the Supreme Court justice acknowledged that he could not define obscenity but knew it when he saw it? It seems that torture, like beauty or obscenity, is in the eye of the beholder, that waterboarding holds water in some quarters but is torture in others.
Greenpeace’s desecration of the World Heritage-designated Nazca Lines in Peru is just the latest appalling offense the ultraradical organization has committed (“Greenpeace’s Nazca lines stunt prompts Peru to seek criminal charges,” Web, Dec. 11). Greenpeace activists have attempted to storm oil platforms, have destroyed crops and trespassed at nuclear power facilities. While these activists may think they’re getting their message out, all they’re really doing is disrupting life for the public and now risking doing grave damage to what the United Nations has determined is “a masterpiece of human creative genius.”
We’ve been given no other choice but to seek Endangered Species Act protection for the Yellowstone buffalo (“Many ideas floated over Yellowstone park bison,” Web, Dec. 14). This important action has been taken by the Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project.
In recent weeks and days, we have seen thousands of people marching the streets carrying signs that read “Black Lives Matter.” This has struck me quite profoundly as a Christian believer in the sanctity of life.
“Dereliction of duty” and “a pox on both their houses” are the phrases that come to mind in reviewing the most recent actions of tragic comedy in what we call Congress (“Leadership courts centrist support for $1.1T spending bill as shutdown looms,” Web, Dec. 10).