Vice President for stupidity
So I suck the blood from the living,
Cheney's Remarks Fuel Torture Debate
Critics Say He Backed Waterboarding
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 27, 2006; Page A09
Vice President Cheney said this week that dunking terrorism suspects in water during questioning was a "no-brainer," prompting complaints from human rights advocates that he was endorsing the use of a controversial technique known as waterboarding on prisoners held by the United States.
In an interview Tuesday with Scott Hennen, a conservative radio show host from Fargo, N.D., Cheney agreed with Hennen's assertion that "a dunk in water" may yield valuable intelligence from terrorism suspects. He also referred to information gleaned from Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the captured architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but stopped short of explicitly saying what techniques were used.
"Would you agree a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?" Hennen asked.
"Well, it's a no-brainer for me," Cheney said, "but for a while there, I was criticized as being the vice president for torture. We don't torture. That's not what we're involved in."
The comments underscore continuing uncertainty over precisely which techniques can be used legally during CIA interrogations of terrorism suspects. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other lawmakers have said recent legislation that established ground rules for interrogations should effectively bar waterboarding and other methods that are viewed as violations of the Geneva Conventions and U.S. criminal law.
So when Mr. Mohammad's lawyers claim his confession was coersed by torture, your admission will be entered into evidence.
I know Cheney thinks he's gonna put these guys before some kangaroo court and be done with it, but that isn't going to be the case.
He may never be convicted of anything because you did this. There was no need for it, no need to do it, and now, it may have stripped any hope of justice away.
Because you tortured a man, and no court and no jury will overlook that, nor will the world.
Only the simpleminded thinks this is how you stop terrorism. Adults realize that this only leads to failure and regret. Always the coward's way out with them. Always.
posted by Steve @ 8:47:00 AM