More on Waterboarding

Here is the definition of waterboarding from wikipedia.

Waterboarding is a form of torture. It is used to obtain information, coerce confessions, and for punishment and intimidation. Waterboarding consists of immobilizing an individual and pouring water over his face to simulate drowning, which produces a severe gag reflex, making the subject believe his death is imminent while ideally not causing permanent physical damage. According to Republican Senator John McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, waterboarding is “very exquisite torture” and a mock execution, which can damage the subject’s psyche “in ways that may never heal.”

This entire debate over whether previously agreed upon, internationally recognized definitions of torture are now acceptable really disgusts me. The premise that somehow the world has changed so dramatically since 9/11 that we are willing to ignore the fact that it was in large part our support of the rule of law internationally that helped launch us into the position of the world’s only superpower is truly disturbing and based solely in fear and ignorance.

Look, we have faced significantly greater threats to our survival over the 230 years of our national existence and no point in the past did we allow fear to rewrite our constitution. This bullshit legal redefinition of torture by Gonzales and Bush should be the thing we fear, not that some invisible terrorist cell is going to attack a shopping mall in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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