With all the election news, we’d be remiss not to bring this story to your attention.
Waterboarding is torture; it is against the U.S. Army’s regulations to use this tactic when dealing with a captured enemy.Ã‚Â Our president has said, America doesn’t torture.
Here’s commentary from Keith Olbermann last November:
Daniel Levin should have a statue in his honor in Washington right now.
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Instead, he was forced out as acting assistant attorney general nearly three years ago because he had the guts to do what George Bush couldn’t do in a million years: actually put himself at risk for the sake of his country, for the sake of what is right.
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â And they waterboarded him. And he wrote that even though he knew those doing it meant him no harm, and he knew they would rescue him at the instant of the slightest distress, and he knew he would not die – still, with all that reassurance, he could not stop the terror screaming from inside of him, could not quell the horror, could not convince that which is at the core of each of us, the entity who exists behind all the embellishments we strap to ourselves, like purpose and name and family and love, he could not convince his being that he wasn’t drowning.
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Waterboarding, he said, is torture. Legally, it is torture! Practically, it is torture! Ethically, it is torture! And he wrote it down.
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Wrote it down somewhere, where it could be contrasted with the words of this country’s 43rd president: “The United States of America … does not torture.”
The whole commentary is here.Ã‚Â President Bush is on record as saying America doesn’t torture.Ã‚Â A number of humanitarian organizations say waterboaridng is torture.Ã‚Â And the CIA admits we’ve waterboarded.Ã‚Â And the White House says waterboarding is legal.
It doesn’t make sense to me either….