Hunter: Torture provided ‘enormously valuable information that saved American lives’

December 20, 2008

I see the rewrite are still going strong.  Now torture worked? Have these people been reading too many spy novels?  We’ve got nothing from torture but taint as a country.

Four months after Abu Zubaydah’s capture, two lawyers from the Department of Justice, John Yoo and Jay Bybee, delivered their notorious memo on torture, which stated that coercive treatment that fell short of causing suffering equivalent to the pain of organ failure or death was not legally torture, an analysis that—as far as the U.S. government was concerned—sanctioned the abusive treatment of detainees at the C.I.A.’s secret prisons and at Guantánamo Bay. But, as Jane Mayer writes in her recent book, The Dark Side (Doubleday), Abu Zubaydah had been subjected to coercive interrogation techniques well before that, becoming the first U.S. prisoner in the Global War on Terror to undergo waterboarding.

So now the rewrite consist of peddling pure BS?  And we the people have to suffer through listening to conservatives spouting this tired BS.   I wonder what law Bush is planning to rescind tonight?

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One comment

  1. You know ChamayO …this is absolutely ridiculous that torture has provided us with valuable info. It is a known fact that when people are being tortured they will say anything to stop the pain. Now we’re violating some of the most basic of human rights that have been formally established since the Geneva Conventions after World War II. We’re using torture methods used during the Spanish Inquisition.

    While the information we obtain from this may or may not allow us to save a few lives, at what cost does it come? We’ve violated the core principles of human rights and international law.

    I think it’s great to try to save lives. But if we allow the ends to justify the means, where are we going to draw the line? If waterboarding is allowed because it saves lives, how about other forms of torture? Would dismemberment be fine if it saved lives? How about rape if it saved lives?

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