Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Torture American-Style

"Waterboarding is something of which every American should be proud"
- Deroy Murdock, National Review.

Not this American, Mr. Murdock. Not then. Not now. Not ever.

Johnathan Adler of the Volokh Conspiracy links to this story about the Bush Administration's misbehavior in this regard. As others have pointed out, the Congress of the United States of America is also at fault for not standing up to the Bush Administration and banning the use of this instrument of terrorism by Americans. Far from exhibiting any genuine profiles in courage, our representatives cower in fear of being branded "soft in terrorism," preferring instead to obseqiously demand the next Attorney General of the United States legislate in their stead.


peter hoh said...

I'm disappointed that this is even up for debate. Our policy against torture was one of the things that used to set us apart from our ideological enemies.

Randy Rogers said...

Peter, as you say, it was once "one of the things that used to set us apart from our ideological enemies." So was our commitment to, and defense of, our own personal freedom whenever encroached upon.

There is ample evidence that people all over the world are willing to give up freedom in exchange for false promises of security, so I guess it should come as no great surprise that so many Americans are prepared to do so as well.

peter hoh said...

I keep wondering if the Pope is going to enter the debate by issuing some sort of statement.

jason said...

Dare I say how disgusting this is? There's nothing proud about this. Period. It's shameful, reprehensible, disgusting.

Ah, but this is the new America. Here, despite history, we do all the things we called "Soviet" and "Evil" just a few years ago.

Randy (Internet Ronin) said...

I'm afraid so, Jason. The failure by Congress to put a stop to this is disappointing (to say the least).

Ivin said...

Not to rain on your parade, but your quote does not exist in the article you are referring to. That being said, Mr. Murdoch is trying to make the point that waterboarding, among many other forms of psychological warfare, are often vital in getting lifesaving information.

I think it is a fair question to ask whether or not waterboarding is in fact torture, but please don't distort facts just to support your argument against it.