My answer to that faux logic has always been: if it was done to you and you thought it was torture then, perhaps screaming for your mother: that would be torture. Unfortunately, none of the decision makers (Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Mukasey) has had the guts to try it out.
Anyway, on his show, Colbert said the following:
Nation, there hasn't been a terrorist attack on US soil in seven years, which means --- we're in more danger than ever. It is like a slot machine that hasn't paid out in months. We've already crammed billions of dollars -- and the Constitution -- into it, so it's due. We must use every tool to keep America safe. That includes what I call 'enhanced interrogation techniques' -- for the same reason I call hitting cyclists with my car an 'enhanced turn signal.' Now, some people out there call this torture. Luckily, the Bush administration doesn't.Watch the entire video:
Which brings us to tonight's word: Honest Belief.
Folks, I believe the most brutal perpetrators of torture are the ACLU. Need proof? They recently coerced secret information out of the Bush Administration. Specifically a torture memo written by the Justice Department in August 2002. It is a real page-turner, in that you have to turn a lot of pages to get to the ones that haven't been redacted.
It says that an interrogator cannot be prosecuted for torture if he acted with 'an honest belief that his actions will not result in severe pain or suffering.'
This proves the administration does respect human rights -- the human rights of interrogators. Little known fact: torture is illegal, and folks, our interrogators need assurance that they're not going to end up in prison over some obscure legal loophole. This memo protects them by saying torture is all in the eye of the beholder.