Friday, May 22, 2009

"...A little splash on the face" - Rep. Pete King (NY)

lasted 7 seconds, "Absolutely Torture".

lasted 10 seconds, "Well, then, if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture,[..]"

Pete King:
"King, who is the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, concluded his tirade to Politico with: “If we have another 2,000 people killed, I want Nancy Pelosi and [liberal philanthropist] George Soros, John Conyers and Pat Leahy to go to the funeral and say, ‘Your son was vaporized because we didn’t want to dump some guy's head under water for 30 seconds.’”

Stage IV Douche Rocket.

Cole's retort to the argument that "we used it on our troops in SERE school so it's not torture":
Not to diminish Mancow’s experience, but if he thought that was torture, think what the real deal must be like. You are snatched out of nowhere, flown across the world, kept awake for days on end in a freezing room with little food, woken every time you fall asleep on your metal bed, thrown against the wall with that lovely procedure known as collaring, slapped, had dogs threatening you, yelled at and beaten, and so on and so forth. That goes on for a couple weeks to soften you up, then you are dragged by multiple burly men and waterboarded repeatedly. You have no dead man’s switch like Hitchens did, you have no “safe” word to stop the process, there are no cameras and friends there to make sure you are alright. These people have been abusing you non-stop for days or weeks, for all you know this is when they finally kill you.

Of course it is torture. I’m sick and tired of having this stupid damned debate.

Jesse Ventura, John McCain, The historical record of the Spanish Inquisition, SERE school, Chris Hitchens, the special forces dude who went on CurrentTV in 2005,


the modern day conservative movement.

Chest-thumping Bedwetters.

We now learn after the fact that in reality, the parties in this argument were Conservatives and...

Conservatives. And Cheney lost that too in 2005.
...this is a completely bogus distortion of history.

The reality is that after Sept. 11, we entered a two- or three-year period of what you might call Bush-Cheney policy. The country was blindsided. Intelligence officials knew next to nothing about the threats arrayed against them. The Bush administration tried just about everything to discover and prevent threats. The Bush people believed they were operating within the law but they did things most of us now find morally offensive and counterproductive.

The Bush-Cheney period lasted maybe three years. For Dick Cheney those might be the golden years. For Democrats, it is surely the period they want to forever hang around the necks of the Republican Party. But that period ended long ago.

By 2005, what you might call the Bush-Rice-Hadley era had begun. Gradually, in fits and starts, a series of Bush administration officials — including Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, Jack Goldsmith and John Bellinger — tried to rein in the excesses of the Bush-Cheney period. They didn’t win every fight, and they were prodded by court decisions and public outrage, but the gradual evolution of policy was clear.

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