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  US Arrogance is Downfall on Secret PrisonsNovember 30, 2005 00:00 Although it didn't make much of a splash inside the US, the existence of secret CIA prisons overseas violates a variety of international laws and treaties. The Bush administration seems hell-bent on bringing our national reputation down and pissing off our longtime European allies seems a sure way to do it. Essentially, it's like stashing a robbery weapon at a friend's house without telling them. Even though they are ignorant, it could make them an accomplice to the crime.

  US Promoted Separation of Church and State in the PastNovember 11, 2005 00:00 At least George Washington and Harry Truman have made decisions that explicitly state that the US is in support of the separation of church and state. In negotiating shipping treaties with Muslim nations in Africa, Washington is on record stating that the US has a secular constitution specifically so that there are no conflicts with other countries and entities over religion. Truman presided over the MacArthur plan for post-WWII Japan that demanded total separation of church and state. The only violation of that has been when Western governments allowed Japan to hold a religious funeral for the Emperor in 1989.

Why is it that modern Republicans degrade the decisions of these great historical leaders by insisting that the 'founders' did not really intend total separation of church and state?

It's mystifying.