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Waterboarding’s OK because it was in a movie?

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Congressional footnote Allen (Walter E. Kurtz) West is claiming waterboarding isn’t torture because he saw it in a movie?

The former U.S. Army Colonel – who was forced to retire after discharging his weapon next to a prisoner’s head who he’d threatened to execute – made an appearance on FOX PAC & Friends, where he was introduced as “Congresswoman West” by brainiac co-host Brian Kilmeade. “Kurtz” was appearing to attempt to counter the President’s statement that waterboarding was torture.

“I see that when we continue to read Miranda rights to people such as the underwear bomber, we are using the advantage and leverage that we have,” West said. “And furthermore in the movie G.I. Jane, Demi Moore was waterboarded, and we do use that in military training and Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion training.”

OK, so by that logic, if we find a witch in a town all we have to do is drop a house on her and we’re good?

There are actually two things wrong with Congressman “Kurtz’s” statement, and I’ll use small words so everyone can get this; first, G.I. Jane’s a movie, which means she wasn’t really waterboarded; second, when our military personal are waterboarded in Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion training they know they’re not going to die so it’s not the same, they know the trainers can only go so far, that’s why it’s called “training”.

West is a lunatic; he was sent packing from the Army for mistreating prisoners and he’s the last person who should ever be called as a subject matter expert on what’s right and wrong concerning torture and interrogation of prisoners, but if you’re FOX PAC he’s the first on your speed dial.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Lunatics

 

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Cheney’s Still Justifying Torture?

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Former Vice President Dick Cheney says there’s no contradiction in advocating harsh interrogation tactics against suspected U.S. enemies and opposing those practices when used against American citizens.

Excuse me? Cheney is insane; anyone who thinks the United States can torture prisoners and then complain when someone tortures Americans is certifiable. This is one of the biggest reasons why – up until the dip stick brothers took office aka Bush/Cheney – why American personnel didn’t torture prisoners, along with the fact it’s in violation of US and International laws; such as the Geneva Convention, of which the US is a signatory.

Cheney was asked about a hypothetical case in which Iran would decide to use waterboarding on an American suspected of spying.

Cheney replies, “I think we would object on the grounds that we have obligations to our citizens.”

And how far would any of our complaints go now? Absolutely no where because Cheney and Company thought it was a great idea; of course what would expect from someone who was too busy collecting deferments to ever serve in uniform?

Cheney was asked on NBC’s “Today” show if he was embracing a double-standard, he said, “These are not American citizens.”

Again, Cheney has proven he’s insane. IT’S IN VIOLATION OF THE FRICKING GENEVA CONVENTION MORON! I – and countless others who currently wear, or have worn, our country’s uniforms – used to be able to proudly say, “American soldiers don’t torture,” but we can’t say it anymore.

In the interview, Cheney also conceded he’d been a lightning rod for criticism during the Bush administration. “I’m Darth Vader,” he said.

News flash Skippy, Darth Vader wasn’t the hero, he brought countless suffering upon millions and was the epitome of evil – oh wait, that describes you perfectly, please just go away. Oh, and by-the-by, I don’t think your explanation is playing very well to anyone who doesn’t watch FOX – and I’m pretty sure, I mean it’s just a guess, God doesn’t watch FOX; the whole concept of a Rupert Murdoch news agency flies in the face of that whole bearing false witness thing …

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Torture

 

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Did the United States of America Torture Prisoners?

During the Bush Administration’s “War on Terror” did United States personnel torture, or abuse, prisoners in violation of international treaties prohibiting such torture or abuse?

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This prisoner had electric wires attached to his genitals, and was forced to stand like this for hours. If he dropped his arms or moved from the box, he was shocked.

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Why would American soldiers take a prisoner, strip him of his clothes, and then threaten him with guard dogs?

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Stripping a prisoner; forcing woman’s underwear on his head, and tying him to a metal bunk. The purpose of this interrogation technique would be?

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Forcing prisoners to lie on top of each other naked. This would be necessary because?

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And here we have an example of the non-torture technique known as waterboarding.

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Forcing an injured prisoner to lie naked on the cement floor. This is humane treatment of the wounded?

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And the purpose of tying a prisoner, naked and upside from a metal bunk would be?

The above images point out quite clearly that American personnel, under the Bush Administration, committed criminal acts in violation of international treaties regarding the humane treatment of prisoners. There is no valid reason for this. Someone ordered our country off of this cliff, and the only way to place the United States back on the moral high ground is to investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2009 in Torture

 

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Sean Hannity is a Coward?

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On his Fox News Program on April 24, 2009, while talking to actor Charles Grodin, Sean “I’m a Great American” Hannity said he would consent to be waterboarded for charity, specifically to benefit families of our fallen troops.

Here’s how the discussion played out.

Grodin asked Hannity, “You’re for torture?”

Hannity replied, “I am for enhanced interrogation.”

Grodin asked again, “You don’t believe it’s torture. Have you ever been waterboarded?”

Hannity glibly replied, “No, but Ollie North has.”

Grodin then asked, “Would you consent to be waterboarded? We can waterboard you?”

Again Hannity glibly replied, “Sure.”

To which Grodin asked, “Are you busy on Sunday?”

Hannity bravely answered, with a smile upon his lips, “I’ll do it for charity. I’ll let you do it. I’ll do it for the troops’ families.”

The next evening MSNBC host Keith Olbermann offered to pay the families $1,000 for each second Hannity withstood the torture – enhanced interrogation technique – and he said he would double the payment if Hannity acknowledges he feared for his life and admits that waterboarding is torture.

As of today, Mr. Hannity has failed to locate his manhood and accept the offer.

Come on Sean, if you really believed in your heart of hearts that it’s not torture then what are you afraid of? If you really wanted to show support for our troops, and for their families, and you really wanted to shut Keith Olbermann up you’d do this.

Then again I guess great Americans like Sean Hannity don’t follow through on what they say. It’s easy to support shoving our soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors into harm’s way, but you won’t allow yourself to undergo some “enhanced interrogating techniques” for them?

You, Sean Hannity, are not a great American. You are a hypocrite, and a coward.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2009 in Politics

 

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