February 9, 2008 | Filed Under War
Awkward exchange between Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and a Military legal adviser.
We know that General Mukasey won’t answer the question about water-boarding. Our CIA has pretty much admitted to the fact that the public was already aware of: the United States used water-boarding techniques against terrorists. They’ve admitted to three water-boardings so far, so the question seems like a legitimate question. Why is it just “simulated drowning” or “liberals getting worked up over water in the nose” when Americans use this against the enemy, but when pressed on whether it would be ‘legal’ for Iran to use it on our soldiers — suddenly the question is taboo?
Essentially, we’ve given not only ‘terrorists’ but any foreign enemy the right to water-board our soldiers without repercussions since we ourselves refuse to recognize that this is torture. The fact that we prosecuted war crimes fully (of which water-boarding was one) during the Nuremberg trials is going to come back to haunt us. Something has to give, this question isn’t going away. The “noise” from human rights activists and civil liberty advocates won’t be silenced.
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