Clowns of the Right find torture funny! Which begs the question: If these torture techniques are so laughable, why did over 100 people die while being tortured?
Selective amnesia aside, if the techniques are so useless, as to make these clowns laugh at the pain of others, then the techniques are ineffective any way so why use them? Yet in the next breath these same clowns, point to, the dubious claim that these techniques saved Los Angeles from a devastating attack. Never mind that the Bush administration had already thwarted the Library Tower attack in February 2002 -- more than a year before Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was captured in March 2003. What did they gain? Information that Mohammed knew they already had anyway!
So, are these methods of torture, serious tools to extract life saving information from recalcitrant terrorists prisoners? Or are these methods of torture, as harmless and laughable as a fraternity hazing ritual?
If their are not deadly serious, useless and laughable, as Limbaugh, Beck, Liddy and others claim, because, they worked, and saved Los angeles, then they are torture and are illegal.
According to Peter Finn and Joby Warrick of the Washington Post, In 2002, "The military agency that provided advice on harsh interrogation techniques for use against terrorism suspects referred to the application of extreme duress as "torture" in a July 2002 document sent to the Pentagon's chief lawyer and warned that it would produce "unreliable information." The document went on to say, "The unintended consequence of a U.S. policy that provides for the torture of prisoners is that it could be used by our adversaries as justification for the torture of captured U.S. personnel."
Even House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) dropped the widely used euphemisms such as "harsh interrogation tactics" and used a more succinct term: "torture", to describe waterboarding and slamming detainees into walls, that the Bush administration used for intelligence gathering. His only regret seemed to be that we are exposing our dirty laundry before the world and we were giving our enemies knowledge of the techniques, which is laughable to suppose that they don't already know how we treat captured terrorists.
The Right wing has repeatedly excoriated the left as, "moral relativists", on the issue of gay rights and abortion. They have pontificated for decades, about how the fabric of this Nations "values" have been shredded by an assault of "Moral Relativism". So what is their response to the abrogation of the Constitution and America's long standing defense of "human rights"? Mockery, laughter and distain.
These phony patriots are beneath contempt. Crybaby, born again, Glenn Beck wails his crocodile tears of rage at tax hikes and the decline of America, who he claims to love so much it hurts, and laughs at the infliction of real pain on defenseless human beings, which violates the Constitution, the foundational document of this nation.
These hypocrites who call themselves born again, "evangelical Christians" are the new Pharisees so bloated with their own sense of self righteousness they are blinded to the hollowness of their own reprehensible pomposity.
So let's be clear, these so called, "enhanced interrogation methods", are torture, that resulted in 100 known deaths, and are, according to the Constitution, International law, the U.S. Army, and the majority of humane and civilized nations illegal.
Commentary: This post is dedicated to the memory of Alyssa Peterson who refused to participate in the torture of Iraqi prisoners and was one of the first female soldiers to die in Iraq. Alyssa Peterson, 27, a Flagstaff, Ariz., native, served with C Company, 311th Military Intelligence BN, 101st Airborne. Peterson was an Arabic-speaking interrogator assigned to the prison at our air base in troubled Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq. According to "official records", she died on Sept. 15, 2003, from a "non-hostile weapons discharge." Read her story at: U.S. Soldier Kills Herself -- After Refusing to Take Part in Torture at: click here
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