Thursday, October 26, 2006

Perhaps He's Implying That He Has No Brain?

This will not be news - the administration love, love, loves it some torture. Despite having advance prior warning of 9/11 and failing to act, despite having already had all the intelligence they could have wanted and failing to capitalize on it, they're convinced they can keep us all safe if only they're allowed to beat and waterboard random Iraqis scooped up off the street for curfew violations.

Mr Cheney was responding to a conservative radio interviewer who asked whether water boarding, which involves simulated drowning, was a "no-brainer" if the information it yielded would save American lives. "It's a no-brainer for me," Mr Cheney replied.

Crashcart here puts himself at odds with the DOD, which in September released a revised Army Field Manual prohibiting US military personnel from emplying waterboarding and other 'torture lite' methods of intelligence gathering. This stricture wouldn't apply to the CIA, of course, because nothing does. However, he's also standing against the judgement of history(.PDF) - and we'll see how well that applies.

The offenses were recounted by John Henry Burton, a civilian victim: After taking me down into the hallway they laid me out on a stretcher and strapped me on. The stretcher was then stood on end with my head almost touching the floor and my feet in the air. They then began pouring water over my face and at times it was impossible for me to breathe without sucking in water. The torture continued and continued. Yukio Asano was sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor. We punished people with fifteen years of hard labor when waterboarding was used against Americans in World War II.


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