Even critics would have to admit that "Buckwild," the "reality television" program that debuted this year, was a runaway hit. While not reaching the ratings zenith of "Jersey Shore," the show "Buckwild" replaced, the network was convinced beyond any reasonable doubt the best was yet to come-in ratings, that is.

However, there will be no second season of "Buckwild."

The MTV television network canceled plans to resume production on the series.

"Buckwild" followed the escapades of a group of young West Virginians in the Sissonville area. Once the show began airing, however, things turned sour for two cast members. One was arrested for driving under the influence. Another is charged with drug possession.

Then tragedy struck. One of the show's breakout stars and most-popular cast members, young Shain Gandee, died along with two other men in a tragic accident.

Gandee's death and charges against the two other cast members would have guaranteed a well-watched, and highly-rated second season for "Buckwild."

But MTV officials said no.

They said they did so out of respect for Gandee. They may also have wondered if stardom was having negative effects on the show's cast and how it might influence viewers. Or it could have been MTV network officials were concerned about the negative publicity the network would have received for seeming to exploit a tragedy had the series been allowed to continue.

Whatever their reasons, MTV officials decided to forego a money-making television success.


They did the right thing something all too uncommon in the entertainment industry.

Whatever reason the network used, MTV deserves praise.

Parkersburg (W.Va.) News, April 14

A report examining U.S. interrogation techniques after 9/11 terrorist attacks

As a country, we have not yet accepted that in the understandable fear and anger after 9/11, suspected terrorists were tortured. An independent review released Tuesday can be an important step to reach that truth and to make sure it never happens again.

"It is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture," concludes the report issued by the bipartisan Constitution Project. "As long as the debate continues, so too does the possibility that the United States could again engage in torture."

The 577-page study confirms previously reported abuses by military and intelligence personnel at detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan, secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. It also validates a report that one or more Libyan militants were waterboarded by the CIA, which has long maintained that only three al-Qaida prisoners were subjected to the near-drownings.

The CIA also slammed detainees into walls, chained them in uncomfortable positions and kept them awake for days. The report cites dozens of cases in which similar treatment was prosecuted in the United States or denounced as torture by the State Department when done by other countries.

The report concludes that there's "no persuasive evidence" that the brutal interrogations yielded any valuable intelligence that could not have been obtained by other means.

We know that there will be more acts of terror against Americans. And we should know that the torture perpetrated after 9/11 has made those future attacks more likely, not less. The inhumane treatment almost certainly endangered our own soldiers, violated international law, damaged America's moral standing and only bred more militants. ...

The study was conducted by an 11-member task force led by two former members of Congress, Republican Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Democrat James Jones of Oklahoma. While the task force did not have access to classified reports, it visited Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and other countries, and interviewed more than 100 people, including former detainees, military and intelligence officers and policymakers.

"The United States has a historic and unique character," he told The New York Times, "and part of that character is that we do not torture."

Yet we have tortured, and recognition of that is the first step to ensuring it never happens again.

The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, April 17