Torture OK Thursday



The international fallout from last week’s long-delayed release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 500-page executive summary of its still-classified 6,000 report on CIA torture could hardly be more intense, with calls coming from the United Nations, foreign governments and the human rights community for prosecutions of those who carried out or authorized the torture techniques described in the report, including senior officials from the Bush administration.

But judging from the self-assured comments of CIA and former administration officials, there is no real concern over the possibility of any criminal liability, a lack of accountability which has led to a palpable arrogance among those who would be behind bars if laws were actually enforced on an equal basis in the United States.

The above-the-law sense of entitlement was perhaps most clearly on display in former Vice President Dick Cheney’s appearance this Sunday on “Meet the Press,” stating that when it comes to using torture, “I’d do it again in a minute.”

When presented with gruesome details from the Senate report on torture – for example the newly revealed “enhanced interrogation technique” of “rectal feeding,” i.e., anal rape – and asked for his definition of what might constitute “torture” in a legal sense, Cheney retorted that torture is “an American citizen on his cellphone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the upper levels of the Trade Center in New York on 9/11.”

Short of this rather high bar, nothing, by definition, that the United States does to its detainees could conceivably be considered torture.


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18 Responses to Torture OK Thursday

  1. Den says:

    Torture is just plain not nice, just like the whole Chimpy gang, it reflects their sadistic personalities. Yet there are some who want another Bush in the job, three Bushes and all purveyors of war, just what we need, GITMO Butt-Meals continuing, hellfire missiles blasting weddings to smithereens, and a World at our mercy in fear. Cozy stuff if you are a sadist, which seem to be on every corner lately, armed to the teeth with bulletproof vests.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    About 70 minutes of stick walk today. That adds to more than enough for this week, a good thing as Friday and Saturday it will rain and rain.


  3. º¿carol says:

    Packed up the items I mail out to people last night, took them to the post office today. Glad that’s out of my hair.

    No weather to speak of. I went out every evening, back to my bad habits. But I need to relax, way too much Carolizing all the time.


  4. Tim Hodges says:

    I must confess. I voted for one Bush. Never again.


  5. Den says:

    *ECM UPDATE* Managed to locate my Weller 6200 which is a cumbersome beast, especially PCB rework, but that was not the worst part, the PCB was coated with a corrosion resistant compound that took some doing to get off, the solder would not take with that stuff on there, so after a lacquer thinner spray an brush bath all was good, touched up all the connector pins and reassembled.
    I let it sit on the back of my bike in the cooler temps of the garage for about 3 hours, then plugged it back into the van and it fired right up, stumble-free. I will further test it in the morning after a chilly 40 degree night, if it doesn’t stumble I will call it a success, fingers crossed.


  6. Den says:

    Found @ the bottom of an e-mail: “Please don’t reply to this email. It’ll just confuse the computer that sent it and you won’t get a response.”


  7. Den says:

    Put some Xmas lights on the deck, nothing fancy, just blinding levels of colored lights, strategically placed, intended to fry the retinas of all diesel-pickup-driving morons an send them careening into the lake never to be found again. Delete all cancer pumps from the environment! Oh, on second thought that would create water pollution, maybe increase lighting to ‘Vaporize’.


  8. Den says:

    Meanwhile the war on Stinking cancer pumps rages onward.
    On other topics of interest there is nothing interesting to report other than, no animals died during the lighting extravaganza set up, but wait, what is that sound? sounds like, yes it is like, the bleating of sheep beckoning me to return once again, alas, I am coming little ones, be ever so patient while I bid my friends a good night, Good night my friends!


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