November 18, 2010

THE OPERATIVE WORD THERE IS "FOLLOWING":

Why George W. Bush can confess to approving torture (The Washington Post, November 15, 2010)

FORMER PRESIDENT George W. Bush admits to a few errors in his newly released memoir - but authorizing the waterboarding of captured terrorists is not one of them. "Damn right," he quotes himself as saying about using the technique on Sept. 11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mr. Bush's cockiness on the subject is a measure of how distorted his views - and those of many others in Washington - remain on the subject of torture, and how inadequate the legal barriers against it continue to be.

Until Mr. Bush took office, waterboarding - in which subjects are forced to experience the sensation of drowning - had been considered a crime by the U.S. government for at least 90 years. American soldiers were prosecuted for employing it against insurgents in the Philippines following the Spanish American War; the State Department described it as illegal torture when it was used by foreign governments.


We aren't going to prosecute anyone for torturing a terrorist when we could catch another one tomorrow.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2010 6:38 AM
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