A Conservative's view on waterboarding

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    "WHEN US Representative Steve King learned that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US troops in Pakistan, he couldn’t resist a little crowing about the efficacy of torture. “Wonder what President Obama thinks of water boarding now?’’ the Iowa Republican tweeted on May 2.

    It was an outrageous remark, but King wasn’t going out on a limb. A parade of others, mostly Republicans, have joined him in claiming that the death of bin Laden had vindicated the use of waterboarding — the most notorious of the “enhanced interrogation techniques’’ the Bush administration employed to extract information from senior Al Qaeda detainees....

    ...I don’t know whether waterboarding was indispensable to rolling up bin Laden; for every interrogation expert who says it was, another expert argues the opposite. But the case against waterboarding never rested primarily on its usefulness. It rested on its wrongfulness. It is wrong when bad guys do it to good guys. It is just as wrong when good guys do it to Al Qaeda....

    The killing of bin Laden was gratifying, but it was no vindication of torture. Republicans rightly argue that much credit is owed to George W. Bush, who launched an effective war on terror and pursued it with fierce resolve. But Bush was wrong to permit waterboarding, and wrong to deny that it was torture. I don’t agree with Obama on much, but when it comes to waterboarding, he is right. America will defeat the global jihad, but not by embracing its most inhuman values."

    Ends don’t justify the means - The Boston Globe

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Jacoby_(columnist)



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    My mother used to say that a little bit of water won't kill you. She was right. She was referring to the bath that I needed to take but it sure seemed like torture to me at the time. For some strange reason though, I always was prone to being truthful after a bath. I'd answer almost any question she would have after I had washed behind my ears BUT I never would tell her about playing doctor with the neighbor girl, Susie.
     
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    Moral of the story - waterboarding, which leaves no permenant damage, is wrong. Putting a bullet in an someone's head is A-OK.

    Liberal logic at its best folks.
     
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    So, we should be a "cruel and unusual punishment" country now as well as a death sentence country.
     
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    We should have pulled out of Afganistan 6 months after we went in and never have went into Iraq.

    Abu Grabass was not a college prank.
    Gitmo prisoners should have gotten due proccess under our laws.
    And I am not thrilled that we essentially assisaniated OBL.
    That is not how the USA is supposed to operate.
     
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    I've always wondered why people who think waterboarding is great don't want it done in prisons or in trials.

    If waterboarding has a magical way of getting even scumbag terrorists to become genuine, honest people instantly, why not do it to scumbag rapists, murderers etc?
     
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    What are you going to do, if he doesn't surrender? With the SEALS you only get one chance. It's war, people die.
     
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    A conservatives view?


    Not hardly.
     
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    you wouldn't know a conservative if one bit you.
     
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    Our troops have been waterboarded as part of their training, dumbass.
     
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