Waterboarding Republicans vs. Supporting Our Troops
By Stephen Crockett
11/09/07 "ICH" -- -- You cannot honestly say you are supporting
American soldiers if you support the use of torture techniques
like waterboarding. By any objective definition, waterboarding
is torture. The technique is a type of simulated drowning of a
prisoner who has their limbs bound.
The use of simulated drowning is not new. The Nazis used it in
World War II. The Iranian secret police used it under the Shah.
It was used in the Vietnam War. Dictators in South America have
used this kind of torture. It causes severe psychological damage
in most cases and has caused deaths. The Bush Administration
claims that it is not torture but the claim is false.
The Bush Republicans defending the use of waterboarding are
being dishonest with the American people. Torture usually
produces very poor quality information. People will say anything
to stop torture. Prisoners will confess to crimes they did not
commit. They will implicate innocent people. They will invent
fictional plots, fictional conspiracies and fictional dangers.
In military and national security terms, torture is not
effective. Morally, it is simply wrong.
Torture between international combatants has been outlawed by
international law and treaties. Use of torture makes the user a
war criminal. The United States has long supported this position
to prevent American soldiers from being tortured. American
government policies, under Bush, concerning the use of torture
put American soldiers at grave risk. We will have great
difficulty prosecuting enemies who torture our soldiers if we
engage in torture ourselves.
For those Republicans (or Democrats) who defend waterboarding as
something less than torture, I have a proposal. Whenever a Bush
Administration official is called before the House or Senate to
testify, they should be waterboarded the entire time they are
testifying. The technique, according to the Bush Republicans,
elicits honest answers and does not amount to torture. According
to these Bush Republicans, waterboarding does not cause any
Personally, I do not believe the Bush Republicans are correct in
their position about waterboarding. However, if the Bush
Republicans are sincere in their stated beliefs, we should give
them an opportunity to prove it. Cabinets officers, White House
staffers, Republican Senators, Bush, Cheney, Rove, Bush
appointees like Mukasey and other Bush Administration personnel
should all be given personal opportunities to prove that
waterboarding is not torture and is effective in providing
honest answers to questions.
I think it is a much better idea to waterboard Bush Republican
leaders (who support waterboarding) in order to prove that
waterboarding is not torture than it is to put our soldiers at
risk of being tortured. I think all of them would quickly
conclude that waterboarding is torture, illegal, dangerous and
In the Dark Ages, they had a version of waterboarding. It was
called “dunking.” It was a sadistic kind of torture. Naturally,
this type of sadistic, ineffective torture still has a strong
appeal to certain types of barbaric Republicans!
Written by Stephen Crockett , co-host of Democratic Talk Radio
http://www.DemocraticTalkRadio.com and Editor of
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