“Limiting the CIA’s interrogation methods to those in the Army field manual would be dangerous because the manual is publicly available and easily accessible on the Internet,” he said. “Shortly after 9/11, we learned that key al-Qaida operatives had been trained to resist the methods outlined in the manual, and this is why we created alternative methods to question the most dangerous al-Qaida operatives.”
NPR: Bush Vetoes Bill that Bars Waterboarding
The “he” wh is quoted in the citation above is none other than the son of a former head of the CIA and current President of the United States – George W. Bush. The comment was made in reference to Bush’s veto of a bill that would require the CIA to severely curtail some of its less than humane interrogation techniques in the Middle East.
How hypocritical! How typical of Bush. How typical of the GOP conservatives. Can you imagine the hue and cry that would go up from these people if the Islamic fundamentalists – the terrorists – publicly said it has and will continue to waterboard American prisoners; that it will use elctric stun guns and beatings to coerce them to provide information; that it will put American captives on dog leashes, and have them pose naked with female guards in sexually provocative poses?
The CIA has done all that and more. Who knows how far they will go now that Bush has given them free rein – agaon. How about we bring back the more gruesome methods of the Inquisition?
We Americans seem to be applying a double standard. We wnat everyone else in the wordl to treat human rights as something very sacred, but we feel we can trample on anyone else’s human rights without impunity. We hill civilians. We rape the women. We kill children. We burn whole villages. It makes me ashamed to be an American.
There is no excuse or justification for this kind of human rights violations. We are better than that, or so I thought. It is very surprising, in some ways, to me that there is not a larger swell of outrage from the American people over this. Or at least a very strong impeachment movement. We crucify Ni;; Clinton for having oral sex with a young female White House intern, even instigating impeachment proceedings for it. Yet, there was no torture involved, no physical coercion, and no pictures or videos of them having sex on the Internet. But the floodgates of righteous indignation swung wide. Where’s that righteous indignation now?
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said Democrats would try to overturn Bush’s veto and said U.S. moral authority was at stake. Reuters: Bush vetoes bill outlawing CIA waterboarding
President Bush considers himself a good Christian. Well, George, just one question about all of these practices that you wont make illegal: What would Jesus do?
That’s right. He’d put an end to them. So why not Bush?
President Bush on Saturday further cemented his legacy of fighting for strong executive powers, using his veto to shut down a Congressional effort to limit the Central Intelligence Agency’s latitude to subject terrorism suspects to harsh interrogation techniques. New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/09/washington/09policy.html?ex=1362718800&en=9e9816fe337b5e0b&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
Power over principles, is it? Maybe the appellation “King George” is more than a joke used to ridicule this man. Perhaps it is his deepest, darkest desire. Let’s hope that there are enough Republicans with priniciples – or the ability to read the re-election handwriting on the wall – to override this veto. Pelosi is right. Our moral standing, already on shaky ground, is truly at stake.