Thursday, April 23, 2009

GOP Leader Calls It Like It Is: Torture

While the Bush Administration liked to call it "enhanced interrogation techniques" or "harsh interrogation tactics," we like to call it like it is: torture. Odds are if the Khmer Rouge, Spanish Inquisition, etc. etc. used it, it's probably torture.

At any rate, while some of us remember that the United States used to hold itself to higher moral code, the GOP continues to approve of torture, under different names. At least, until now, when one of their own actually told it like it is, more or less.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said, at a press conference in Washington, D.C.,
"Last week, they released these memos outlining torture techniques. That was clearly a political decision and ignored the advice of their Director of National Intelligence and their CIA director.

"This is another sideshow here in Washington. When it comes to what our interrogation techniques are going to be or should be, I'm not going to disclose, nor should anyone have a conversation about what those techniques ought to be. It's inappropriate. All it does is give our enemies more information about us than they need."
Regarding Boehner's use of the word "torture," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said,
"It is clear from the context that Boehner was simply using liberals' verbiage to describe these interrogation techniques. The United States does not torture."
We don't? Ah, we don't now. The memos outlined waterboarding, slamming detainees into walls, and sleep deprivation, all things that human rights organizations, and most with common sense, would call torture.

As I said previously, the U.S. used to hold itself to a higher standard, and lead the world morally. A moral leader would not torture, nor would it try to hide behind arguments such as the definition of torture being unclear.

1 comment:

memory stick said...

Washington. When it comes to what our interrogation techniques are or should be, I will not reveal, nor anyone to have a conversation ..