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April 25, 2009

Torture is un-American as it gets

Some torturous questions for an April weekend:

Didn't then-President George W. Bush say in a news conference on Nov. 7, 2005, "We do not torture"?

Then why did we torture suspected terrorists _ some guilty and others innocent _ dozens and even hundreds of times?

When did we Americans stop being "the good guys?"

When exactly did our image go from freckle-faced GIs passing out chocolates to adoring children in liberated lands to being members of the Torquemada Fan Club?

Instead of former Vice President Dick Cheney recently appearing on Fox News and essentially saying that torture is OK as long as it results in worthwhile information, shouldn't he be looking for a good defense lawyer right about now?

If you're going to torture somebody, don't you need to wear a monocle?

And carry a swagger stick?

And with a thick German accent, say this to a manacled victim: "Vee haff vays uff making you talk"?

If waterboarding isn't torture, then why does Sen. John McCain, who knows a thing or two about torture after enduring it as a prisoner during the Vietnam War, say it most certainly is torture?

Is there any better word than torture to describe a technique that tilts a person's head back, stuffs a cloth over his mouth and nose and pours water over his face until he's gagging and sure he's drowning?

And if that isn't torture, then why did CIA officers who subjected themselves to the technique last only an average of 14 seconds before giving up?

Doesn't it make sense that anyone undergoing that sort of torment would make up anything just so it would stop?

If waterboarding is the American way, would Superman still want to fight "a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way?"

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