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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Speechless

Well, not quite, or I wouldn't be writing this, but I just finished reading a piece by Christiane Amanpour on cnn.com about Van Nath, a former inmate of Tuol Sleng Prison under Pol Pot. Asked if waterboarding was torture, Van Nath said:
Yes, it is severe torture. We could try it and see how we would react if we are choking under water for just two minutes. It is very serious.

Experts on all sides of the question — former prisoners, former military interrogators, human-rights activists, retired generals — agree that waterboarding is torture, as are a number of other "harsh interrogation techniques" our government has used on prisoners.

How can anyone not get this? What kind of country have we become, where only 32 percent of the population thinks that torture is never justified, and 46 percent thinks that it is sometimes or often justified?

I don't... I can't... speechless.

9 Comments:

  • Anyone who believes that water boarding isn't torture should try it. Bet they'd change their minds. Makes me frickin' furious.

    By Anonymous alpaca kath, at 1:01 AM  

  • It's because they all watch "24".

    By Blogger Carole Knits, at 7:02 AM  

  • Or because they've gotten sucked into the ultra conservative machine.

    By Blogger knitnzu, at 7:03 AM  

  • That's a scary statistic.

    By Blogger Danielle, at 7:22 AM  

  • Anybody who sincerely believes that waterboarding is not torture should be required to try it before answering a survey asking whether or not it is torture.

    By Blogger Alwen, at 10:44 AM  

  • It continues to amaze me just how dense and stupid the general public is.

    And now they beat the war drums once again against Iran. Who are we going to send to fight this one?

    By Blogger Witchypoo, at 2:23 PM  

  • We can't even say the times have changed any more. This country is just plain not what it used to stand for. When did we become another country?

    By Blogger Carol, at 7:48 PM  

  • Right there with you baby. **blink**blink**

    By Blogger Annie, at 10:37 PM  

  • This is what I ask myself every time I go back home to visit my Fox News-addicted father, sigh.

    By Anonymous Beth S., at 2:44 PM  

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