Analyst asks “what is torture but an application of terror?”
The United States Senate has blocked a bill earlier passed by the House of Representatives that would have banned the use of cruel and unusual punishment – well, torture – during the interrogations of terror suspects.
New York-based author and political analyst David Hungerford told PressTV he isn’t convinced this reflects the wishes of the general public, “But I think we can come to the conclusion that George Bush himself endorses the torture of detainees.”
Hungerford picked up quickly on my use of the phrase “cruel and unusual punishment” and noted it was a quotation from the 8th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which bans cruel and unusual punishments.
“We got along with that provision for about 200 years until George Bush came along.” Hungerford said, “Now Bush thinks he can ignore it.”
Waterboarding and mock executions certainly fall into the category of cruel and unusual.
Hungerford said he doesn’t find this a sign of strength on Bush’s part, but rather it demonstrates the president’s weak position over the destruction of the interrogation tapes.
“I think at this point only one thing is clear, that George Bush does not want the people of the United States to see how he is defending them against – quote unquote – terror.”