Friday, October 27, 2006

tormenta de toca, a no-brainer for Cheney:

Oh, this is rich, the WaPo reports:

"Vice President Cheney said this week that dunking terrorism suspects in water during questioning was a 'no-brainer,' prompting complaints from human rights advocates that he was endorsing the use of a controversial technique known as waterboarding on prisoners held by the United States."

Apparently in an interview with Scott Hennen, a Fargo ND right wing talk show host, Cheney was asked if he would "agree a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives." Cheney replied "Well, it's a no-brainer for me, but for a while there, I was criticized as being the vice president for torture. We don't torture. That's not what we're involved in."

Tony Snow-job was asked if Vice was endorsing waterboarding, he said: "You know as a matter of common sense that the vice president of the United States is not going to be talking about water boarding. Never would, never does, never will. You think Dick Cheney's going to slip up on something like this? No, come on." [AP]

Yeah, the very idea is just crazy, isn't it? I mean, he's a real smart guy, he wouldn't slip on something like Iraq reconsituting its nuclear program, or say that the Iraqi insurgency was in its "last throes" or shoot his friend accidentely, or anything like that. Maybe, he really doesn't care what Congress said about cruel and ununsual punishment.

Didn't the Congress just say that 'waterboarding' was off the list of things the US could do to terrorism suspects? Didn't John Mccain say on the Today show a while back that after the Military Commissions Act is passed, "There will be no such thing as waterboarding…You will never see that again. We stood up and said that cannot be done." [Mediamatters]

See, this is what happens when you give the administration the green light ot so whatever the hell they feel like diing. Trusting that they'll do the right thing isn't enough.


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