The Power Of Names

3 comments May 2nd, 2008at 08:00am Posted by Eli

Helen Thomas is the latest to lament America’s loss of moral standing now that our president has admitted to authorizing something that looks an awful lot like torture.  But in BushCo’s mind, as long as they never call their enhanced interrogation techniques “torture”… then they aren’t.

No matter that most Americans, the Army’s code of conduct, and pretty much the entire civilized world, considers waterboarding torture – as long as the administration (not to mention John McCain) says it isn’t, it’s perfectly okay.  It’d be interesting to see how well that defense stood up at The Hague, but I don’t guess we’ll ever get a chance to find out.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Prisoners,Republicans,Torture

3 Comments

  • 1. spocko  |  May 3rd, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I was talking about torture today. As I thought about it, it occurred to me that when we discuss it we almost always mention two popular media people.

    Rush and the fictional character Jack Bauer.

    Whose moral code are we following here?
    The writers/producers of 24.
    and Rush Limbaugh.

    Who do THEY consider THEIR moral leader? If we are going to discuss the morality of torture we should look at the people who are most often quoted and see if their ethics match the ethics of most Americans.

  • 2. Eli  |  May 3rd, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    But it’s not torture, remember? The preznit says so.

  • 3. Cujo359  |  May 4th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    And Rush is always right….

    BTW, waterboarding has been defined as torture in U.S. courts and in international cases where the Allies at the end of WWII (read, “America,with support from its allies”) tried Japanese officers for war crimes.

    Yet, somehow it’s no longer torture.


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