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October 26, 2006

Cheney admits that the US waterboards detainees

The TPM Muckraker spots and item that almost slipped through the memory hole: On Tuesday, Vice President Dick Cheney told a conservative radio host that the US waterboards detainees:

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney has confirmed that U.S. interrogators subjected captured senior al-Qaida suspects to a controversial interrogation technique called "water-boarding," which creates a sensation of drowning.

Cheney indicated that the Bush administration doesn't regard water-boarding as torture and allows the CIA to use it. "It's a no-brainer for me," Cheney said at one point in an interview.

Cheney's comments, in a White House interview on Tuesday with a conservative radio talk show host, appeared to reflect the Bush administration's view that the president has the constitutional power to do whatever he deems necessary to fight terrorism.

Notice the venue and timing of Cheney's revelation. After hedging for months about whether the administration condones waterboarding, the VP drops the bomb on a conservative radio show just before the mid-term elections.

It's a perfect little bit of political theater: Remind the base how tough you are and hope that your opponents aren't paying attention. That's what torture is all about anyway. It's not a real intelligence gathering tool, it's a branding element. That's right folks, we're destroying our constitution for the sake of a marketing campaign.


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Hundreds of years ago, the Chinese created the first method of waterboarding by simply stuffing a wet sock into the unfortunates mouth in order to create the sensation of drowning.

Such a esteemed and historic practice! We have joined the hoards of history with our uniqely merikan style of torture. Unique in the sense of a literal interpretation of the masters.

And now its Legal! Immoral?,well,,,, yea, that too.

Praise Jeebus.

He then made a reference to the Super Hella Tough Interrogation Act of 2006 with its retroactivity provisions and went into a stilted version of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This."

I believe that waterboarding and other forms of torture are part of the ongoing culture war in the U.S. Partly it is about the culture of toughness, one group of people showing how much they are not "bleeding heart liberals." Partly, it's to intimidate enemies. But that doesn't go far enough either. The mere fact that the U.S. sponsors torture causes pain to one side of the culture war (you know who you are). And The Other Side likes that it causes you pain. It's meant to hurt you, plain and simple. They hate you that much.

and of course, all this is OK as long as it is done on "the other."

We could propose water boarding Cheney and Bush to give them an opportunity to prove they really thought Iraq had WMD, was connected to 9/11 and that they didn't steal the election.

Just think how much respect for them would increase if they passed such a test.

I say Let's Do It!

Believe it or not, there is actually a funny video about waterboarding. ANd some cool cartoons on this site:

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