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 EarlzP
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You cant have it both ways either they are treated as regular soldiers or they aren't...on one hand Liberals want to afford terrorist the protections given to regular army combatants and on the other hand you want them treated like regular criminals and given protections guaranteed under our current laws....they are not regular army they should not be afforded protection under the Geneva Convention as they are not regular soldiers..they do not wear uniforms and dont fight for a specific country and they have no rank....if they are treated like regular soldiers than they should be tried in Army courts of Law.....you guys really have yourselves all twisted up on that one...


And so what are they in your opinion? If not enemy combatants what are they? If they are criminals then they need to be afforded the rights of criminals and be treated as such, that does not mean water boarding that does mean a right to legal counsel and a speedy trial as you say you are really twisted up on this one
 EarlzP
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Posted: 9/30/2009 8:47:25 PM

They are Terrorists...there is no set of laws in place that covers treatment of Terrorists they do not fit readily into any category that we have in place, until new laws are created to deal with them they should be treated in any way that insures that they do not accomplish their goals if that includes waterboarding so be it.....


Terrorist get locked up and are treated as criminals, they don't need a special category just because you say so, locking them up achieves the goal of stopping them from committing acts of terrorism
 Outdoor2
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Posted: 9/30/2009 11:48:59 PM

...there is no set of laws in place that covers treatment of Terrorists

But there is...
http://tinyurl.com/yd5vd8p

...they should be treated in any way...

So....essentially a free for all...treated at the whim of whom?

It's obvious that torture of any kind makes people sing....but history shows that the song they sing ain't the truth....the professional interrogators know that befriending the opposition leads to small nuggets of truth that can be pieced together.

They also know that the threat of loss of life will make the subject sing...but what are they singing? KSM did the same thing....once he was befriended he told a few accurate stories...once he was waterboarded he came up with all sorts of diabolical plans...not one was truthful.

The "we were subjected in training...and it wasn't torture..." crowd....LOL
It was training[i/]....they already knew the outcome....
 jed456
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Posted: 10/1/2009 8:52:53 AM
The only people twisted are those who condone torture.

Waterboarding
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Waterboarding, form of torture designed to leave no physical marks. Waterboarding is one of many torture techniques that use water to inflict severe mental or physical pain. Water torture, sometimes called the water cure, is known to have occurred as early as the Inquisition. The waterboarding technique typically involves strapping the victim to a board and then immersing the victim in water or placing a cloth over the victim’s nose and mouth and pouring water onto the cloth while the board is tilted downward. With both methods water stimulates the gag reflex, causing the sensation of drowning. Water may also enter the victim’s lungs, and the victim literally begins to drown.

In modern times the waterboarding technique is known to have been used by military and intelligence forces during the Philippine-American War at the turn of the 20th century, by the Japanese during World War II (1939-1945), by the French during the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962), by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970s, and by the United States during the Vietnam War (1959-1975) and the war against the al-Qaeda terrorist network at the beginning of the 21st century. In some cases interrogators or military personnel who employed waterboarding were prosecuted for their actions. Law enforcement officials in the United States have also faced prosecution for waterboarding people in their custody. Some authorities on torture believe that torture techniques leaving no physical trace, such as waterboarding, tend to be used in democratic rather than authoritarian countries because there is more incentive in a democratic country to conceal the torture.

Victims of waterboarding have testified or have left written accounts of the experience. One of the most famous is by the French journalist Henri Alleg, a sympathizer with the Algerian independence movement. In his 1958 book The Question, Alleg wrote:

“Together they picked up the plank to which I was still attached and carried me into the kitchen. Once there they rested the top of the plank, where my head was, against the sink. Two or three Paras [French paratroopers] held the other end. Lo__ [one of the interrogators] fixed a rubber tube to the metal tap which shone just above my face. He wrapped my head in a rag, while De___ [another interrogator] said to him: ‘Put a wedge in his mouth.’ With the rag already over my face, Lo__ held my nose. He tried to jam a piece of wood between my lips in such a way that I could not close my mouth or spit out the tube.


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“When everything was ready, he said to me: ‘When you want to talk, all you have to do is move your fingers.’ And he turned on the tap. The rag was soaked rapidly. Water flowed everywhere: in my mouth, in my nose, all over my face. But for a while I could still breathe in some small gulps of air. I tried, by contracting my throat, to take in as little water as possible and to resist suffocation by keeping air in my lungs for as long as I could. But I couldn’t hold on for more than a few moments. I had the impression of drowning, and a terrible agony, that of death itself, took possession of me. In spite of myself, all the muscles of my body struggled uselessly to save me from suffocation. In spite of myself, the fingers of both my hands shook uncontrollably. ‘That’s it! He’s going to talk,’ said a voice.

“The water stopped running and they took away the rag. I was able to breathe. In the gloom, I saw the lieutenants and the captain, who, with a cigarette between his lips, was hitting my stomach with his fist to make me throw out the water I had swallowed.”

A more recent account of a waterboarding technique was described in a 2002 U.S. Justice Department memo that gave legal permission to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to use the technique. Declassified in 2009, the memo described the procedure as follows: “In this procedure, the individual is bound securely to an inclined bench, which is approximately four feet by seven feet. The individual’s feet are generally elevated. A cloth is placed over the forehead and eyes. Water is then applied to the cloth in a controlled manner. As this is done, the cloth is lowered until it covers both the nose and mouth. Once the cloth is saturated and completely covers the mouth and nose, air flow is slightly restricted for 20 to 40 seconds due to the presence of the cloth. This causes an increase in carbon dioxide level in the individual’s blood. This increase in the carbon dioxide level stimulates increased effort to breathe. This effort plus the cloth produces the perception of ‘suffocation and incipient panic,’ i.e., the perception of drowning. The individual does not breathe any water into his lungs. During those 20 to 40 seconds, water is continuously applied from a height of twelve to twenty-four inches. After this period, the cloth is lifted, and the individual is allowed to breathe unimpeded for three or four full breaths. The sensation of drowning is immediately relieved by the removal of the cloth. The procedure may then be repeated.…”

In the United States, waterboarding has long been considered illegal or a violation of military rules of conduct. The earliest known case of a prosecution for waterboarding occurred in 1901 when an Army major was sentenced to 10 years in prison for waterboarding a Filipino guerrilla insurgent during the Philippine-American War. In 1926 the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a black man accused of murder because his confession had been obtained by waterboarding.

Following World War II American prosecutors convicted several Japanese soldiers for waterboarding Allied prisoners of war. The soldiers were tried as part of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, also known as the Tokyo War Crimes Trials. During the Vietnam War, a U.S. soldier who participated in the waterboarding of a North Vietnamese prisoner of war was court-martialed in 1968. As recently as 1983, a Texas sheriff was sentenced to ten years in prison for waterboarding suspects in an attempt to coerce confessions.

In 1994 the United States ratified the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). When this international treaty was ratified, its provisions became U.S. law. The convention defined torture as “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person.”

Also in 1946 the U.S. Congress adopted the Torture Statute, which provides criminal liability for a U.S. national who tortures a person outside of the United States. A foreign national apprehended in the United States for torturing someone outside of the United States could also face criminal liability under the Torture Statute.

The U.S. War Crimes Act of 1996 provides life imprisonment or the death penalty for a U.S. national or any member of the U.S. armed forces who is convicted of torturing someone to death. Anyone charged with a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions, which forbids torture, could also be tried in the United States under the War Crimes Act.

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 eeeo4U
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Posted: 10/1/2009 11:49:51 AM
It was still part of SERE (survival, resistance, evasion, and escape) training for the U.S. Army in 1979 during the administration of the wonderfully benevolent Jimmy Carter...I hear the NAVY used it in BUD/S (SEAL) training as recently as 1995. Hopefully I suffered no brain damage for it (they did it to me for 30 seconds) but I would not recommend it as a recreational activity. "Good cop, bad cop" still works the best, I think, and there is no reason why actual torture needs to be used except that we are fighting an enemy who treats our civilization as weakness...that doesn't mean we have to be medieval inquisitors ourselves. There will always be traitors and informers and they need to be encouraged...if they are the main enemy and I feel the terrorists are now the main enemy.
 laxref41
Joined: 7/20/2008
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/1/2009 6:44:54 PM
Considering we went into Iraq illegally to get them, i don't think it matters what you call them... those captured and brought from Iraq are being illegally detained because we got them illegally...

sorry... no ticket no shirt... i.e. no WMDs, no legal war
 laxref41
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/1/2009 8:02:12 PM
And your point is that the ends always justify the means?

You don't really like our Constitution do you...
 geeleebee
Joined: 5/26/2008
Msg: 340
Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/1/2009 8:41:15 PM
The story about Jack Pershing is bullshit--it is beyond me why some folks try to pass off those urban legends for fact, when it's so easy to discredit them.
This story is particularly ignorant.


Analysis: I consulted Dr. Frank E. Vandiver, professor of history at Texas A&M University and author of Black Jack: The Life and Times of John J. Pershing, to ask if there's any truth to the above, and he responded via email that in his opinion the story is apocryphal.

"I never found any indication that it was true in extensive research on his Moro experiences," Vandiver wrote. "This kind of thing would have run completely against his character."

Similarly, I've been unable to find any evidence corroborating the claim that Muslims believe that "eating or touching a pig, its meat, its blood, etc., is to be instantly barred from paradise and doomed to hell." It is true that Islamic dietary restrictions, like those of Judaism, forbid the eating or handling of pork because pigs are considered unclean. But according to Raeed Tayeh of the American Muslim Association in North America, the notion that a Muslim would be denied entrance to heaven for touching a pig is "ridiculous." A statement from the Anti-Defamation League characterizes the claim as an "offensive caricature of Muslim beliefs."
http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_black_jack_pershing.htm
 Tarnished_Knight
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Posted: 10/1/2009 9:50:00 PM
What I don't, nor ever will, understand is why all the love for those who engage in assymetrical warfare by attacking civilian targets / non-military targets, terrorist actions (again against non-military targets), hide behind the skirts (or burqa's ) of their women and their baby's nappies, promote / induce suicide/homicide bombings, and fight for no country or flag. Basically, love for those that engage in muderous acts for the sheer pleasure of murderous acts.

I for one need not rationalize "torture" if it saves one life of my fellow citizens. That citizen may one day be my son, his mother, or even your ass. Or it may be the life of the many people around the world that have thrown off the shackles of repressive totalitarian regimes. Folk that, for all intents and purposes, have raised themselves up to some form of democracy or representative republic.

By siding with or protecting those that wish to usher in regression to totalitarian regimes we weaken ourselves and strengthen them.

If the only message this "new" foe understands if their type or style of reprisal then we have not abased ourselves, we have only adopted the weapon of choice of the enemy. And do not deceive yourselves, all free people and lovers of freedom are their enemy. Even those of you that kiss their backsides.

TK - semper fidelis
 Outdoor2
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Posted: 10/1/2009 11:08:03 PM

Check out snopes.

http://www.snopes.com/rumors/pershing.asp

Status: Undetermined

Did ya read it?

The first two paragraphs explain a lot...the rest shows Pershing as a man determined to kill as few as possible...but kill if necessary. NOTHING suggests he came even close to what you claim.

The closest is the part about Colonel Alexander Rodgers....beheadings...and the head sewn inside a pig carcass.....

Is this what you advocate?


Like in college, I refuse to do others homework.

Homework?
YOU entered the DEBATE.
YOU made CLAIMS.
It's YOUR onus to PROVE.

I mean really.... all you had to do was cite your source(s)...but you didn't...
...so I did....undetermined at best....patently false at worst....

Got any more sources?
 jed456
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Posted: 10/2/2009 1:41:07 AM
What I don't, nor ever will, understand is why all the love for those who engage in assymetrical warfare by attacking civilian targets / non-military targets, terrorist actions (again against non-military targets), hide behind the skirts (or burqa's ) of their women and their baby's nappies, promote / induce suicide/homicide bombings, and fight for no country or flag. Basically, love for those that engage in muderous acts for the sheer pleasure of murderous acts.

What love?Because a person is against torture in no way means a person is "siding" with terrorist's.


By siding with or protecting those that wish to usher in regression to totalitarian regimes we weaken ourselves and strengthen them.



According to Human Rights Watch (www.hrw.org ), the use of torture was documented in the following countries in 2004 and 2005: China, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, and Uzbekistan.

What is your point?If any?You want to follow the practices of the mentioned countries?N Korea Iran those are totalitarian countries.You people on the pro torture side I will never understand it goes against everything this country is supposed to stand for!
"Torture and abuse cost American lives...I learned in Iraq that the No. 1 reason foreign fighters flocked there to fight were the abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Our policy of torture was directly and swiftly recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq...How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans."
-Matthew Alexander, leader of an interrogations team assigned to a Special Operations task force in Iraq in 2006.
Source: Washington Post

Marine generals to Cheney: Knock it off, mac
Tue, 09/15/2009 - 11:11am
Former Marine commandant Charles Krulak and former Marine general Joseph Hoar, who succeeded Schwarzkopf at Central Command, dress down former VP Cheney on the issue of torture. Good for them.

... we never imagined that we would feel duty-bound to publicly denounce a vice president of the United States, a man who has served our country for many years. In light of the irresponsible statements recently made by former Vice President Dick Cheney, however, we feel we must repudiate his dangerous ideas -- and his scare tactics.
This is an issue, they remind us, of both leadership and law and order. They might have added self-discipline, a characteristic that I think Dick "Fuck you, Leahy" Cheney seems to lack.

What leaders say matters. So when it comes to light, as it did recently, that U.S. interrogators staged mock executions and held a whirling electric drill close to the body of a naked, hooded detainee, and the former vice president winks and nods, it matters.

The Bush administration had already degraded the rules of war by authorizing techniques that violated the Geneva Conventions and shocked the conscience of the world. Now Cheney has publicly condoned the abuse that went beyond even those weakened standards, leading us down a slippery slope of lawlessness.

Doing the right thing, Krulak and Hoar conclude, "makes us all safer." This was the best article I read on the eighth anniversary of 9/11.

So the former commandant of the marine corps says torture has absolutely no value yet the pro torture crowd says it does.
 jed456
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Posted: 10/2/2009 2:32:18 AM
I guess the following have more knowledge then the "24"crowd......

President Ronald Reagan
"The United States participated actively and effectively in the negotiation of the Convention [against Torture]. It marks a significant step in the development during this century of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment or punishment. Ratification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today." (Message to the Senate on the Convention Against Torture, May 20, 1988)


Secretary of State Colin Powell, Four Star General and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
"Torture of any kind is unacceptable ... Torture is torture is torture. It is unacceptable. It is not the way you treat human beings." (CNN, May 17, 2004)

Senator Lindsay Graham
"When you start looking at torture statutes and you look at ways around the spirit of the law . . . you're losing the moral high ground. And that was the counsel from the Secretary of State's office, that once you start down this road that it is very hard to come back. So I do believe we have lost our way." (Confirmation hearing of Judge Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General, January 6, 2005)

Senator John McCain, former Prisoner of War
Discussing international law, including the Geneva Conventions, "These conventions and these rules are in place for a reason because you get on a slippery slope and you don't know where to get off...The thing that separates us from the enemy is our respect for human rights." (Interview on ABC's "This Week")

Senator John Warner, Former Undersecretary of the Navy and current Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee
"[T]his mistreatment of prisoners represents an appalling and totally unacceptable breach of military regulations and conduct. The damage done to the reputation and credibility of our nation and the armed forces has the potential to undermine substantial gains and the sacrifices by our forces and their families and those of our allies fighting with us in the cause of freedom." (May 11, 2004)

The United States ratified the UN Convention against Torture in October 1994. Reporting on implementation to the Committee against Torture, the US Government wrote
"Torture is prohibited by law throughout the United States. It is categorically denounced as a matter of policy and as a tool of state authority. Every act constituting torture under the Convention constitutes a criminal offense under the law of the United States. No official of the government, federal, state or local, civilian or military, is authorized to commit or to instruct anyone else to commit torture. Nor may any official condone or tolerate torture in any form. No exceptional circumstances may be invoked as a justification of torture. US law contains no provision permitting otherwise prohibited acts of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to be employed on grounds of exigent circumstances (for example, during a "state of public emergency") or on orders from a superior officer or public authority, and the protective mechanisms of an independent judiciary are not subject to suspension." (Report of the United States to the UN Committee against Torture, October 15, 1999, UN Doc. CAT/C/28/Add.5, February 9, 2000, para. 6.)

Oppose the Outsourcing of Torture


Amnesty International is concerned by the practice of "extraordinary renditions" in which the United States is transferring individuals for interrogation to countries with a record of using torture. U.S. laws and international treaties prohibit the transfer of suspects to countries where they are likely to face torture. Nonetheless, the U.S. Government is reported to have sent or been complicit in sending individuals to countries such as Jordan, Syria, Morocco and Egypt ? all countries the U.S. has criticized for practicing torture. The Administration has justified these transfers by obtaining "diplomatic assurances" from countries with dubious human rights records. Congress must act to ensure compliance with U.S. law and protection of basic human rights.

"Extraordinary renditions" are morally wrong and violate U.S. and international law. The U.S. ratified the UN Convention Against Torture and adopted legislation to help implement the treaty obligations through the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 ("FARRA"). The Torture Convention prohibits nations from deporting persons to a country where there is substantial grounds to believe that torture will occur. FARRA states: "It shall be the policy of the United States not to expel, extradite, or otherwise affect the involuntary return of any person to a country in which there are substantial grounds for believing the person would be in danger of being subjected to torture, regardless of whether the person is physically present in the United States."

Assurances from countries with such a long and well documented history of torture are insufficient. In its periodic review of the United States? compliance with the Torture Convention, the UN Committee Against Torture rejected the use of such assurances, stating: "When determining the applicability of its non-refoulement obligations under article 3 of the Convention, the State party should only rely on ?diplomatic assurances? in regard to States which do not systematically violate the Convention?s provisions." The Committee also found that the practice of rendition to countries with a record of torture violates US obligations under the treaty. In its report, the Committee stated: "The State party should apply the non-refoulement guarantee to all detainees in its custody, cease the rendition of suspects, in particular by its intelligence agencies, to States where they face a real risk of torture, in order to comply with its obligations under article 3 of the Convention."


Torture violates international and U.S. law.

The Geneva Conventions of 1949, ratified by the United States in 1955, classify torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners of war as war crimes.
The United Nations Convention Against Torture, ratified by the United States in 1987, clearly states that "no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture."
In 1994, Congress passed a federal anti-torture statute (18 U.S.C. 2340A).
"Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life."
In 1996, Congress passed The War Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. 2441) which made it a criminal offense for U.S. military personnel and U.S. nationals to commit war crimes as specified in the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
Historically, waterboarding is considered torture and is prohibited by the United States.
In 1947, the United States charged Japanese officer Yukio Asano with war crimes for waterboarding an American civilian. Asano received 15 years hard labor for his act. 7
In 1968, a picture of U.S. soldiers performing waterboarding on a prisoner in Vietnam reportedly triggered an investigation.7
In 2005, the U.S. Army Field Manual was revised to specifically prohibit torture, including waterboarding.

WWII veterans who were responsible for top-secret interrogations of Nazi prisoners of war denounced torture and other harsh interrogation techniques. 8
Henry Kolm was assigned to play chess with Hitler's deputy, Rudolph Hess. He reports, "We got more information out of a German general with a game of chess or Ping-Pong than they do today, with their torture."
An October 2005 letter to Congress from twenty-nine retired high ranking military officials, including former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Shalikashvili, noted:9
"[The Army Field Manual] also recognizes that torture and cruel treatment are ineffective methods, because they induce prisoners to say what their interrogators want to hear, even if it is not true, while bringing discredit upon the United States."
Commanding General David Petraeus wrote in a May 2007 letter to the troops: 10
Beyond the basic fact that [torture and other expedient methods to obtain information from the enemy] are illegal, history shows that they also are frequently neither useful nor necessary. Certainly, extreme physical action can make someone "talk;" however, what the individual says may be of questionable value. ...The techniques in the [Army Field Manual] work effectively and humanely in eliciting information from detainees."
A December 2007 letter to Congress from thirty high-ranking military officials states that:11
"Interrogation methods authorized by the Field Manual have proven effective in eliciting vital intelligence from dangerous enemy prisoners. Some have argued that the Field Manual rules are too simplistic for civilian interrogators. We reject that argument. Interrogation methods authorized in the Field Manual are sophisticated and flexible. And the principles reflected in the Field Manual are values that no U.S. agency should violate."
Torture and CID place all prisoners everywhere in danger.

The use of torture by one side in a conflict is often used by the other side as a justification for retaliation in kind. Americans worldwide are thus placed in greater danger of being tortured.
In the previously mentioned October 2005 letter to Congress from military officials, the authors note, "The abuse of prisoners hurts America's cause in the war on terror, endangers U.S. service members who might be captured by the enemy, and is anathema to the values Americans have held dear for generations."9
Torture and CID contradicts American values of justice and respect for human dignity. They damage our reputation across the world and our legacy to our children.

We cannot expect people in other nations to accept our statements in support of human rights and freedom as long as we use torture or acquiesce in the use of torture by other nations. This practice decreases respect worldwide for our nation's values and goals.
Human instinct repels at the image of bound and naked prisoners being subjected to whatever cruelties the mind can construct. Such images are not in line with the ideals upon which our nation was founded.
Commanding General David Petraeus wrote in his May 2007 letter to the troops:10
"What sets us apart from our enemies in this fight. . . . is how we behave. In everything we do, we must observe the standards and values that dictate that we treat noncombatants and detainees with dignity and respect."
Additional Details

United Nations Convention Against Torture (1984) Article I defines tortures as, "Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions."
The Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 (DTA), "contains provisions that (1) require Department of Defense (DOD) personnel to employ United States Army Field Manual guidelines while interrogating detainees, and (2) prohibit the "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment of persons under the detention, custody, or control of the United States Government." It "does not require non-DOD agencies, such as non-military intelligence and law enforcement agencies, to employ Field Manual guidelines with respect to interrogations they conduct." 12
Military Commissions Act (MCA), passed in 2006 the law raised concerns about its impact on anti-torture efforts. According to Amnesty International the MCA will "Permit, in violation of international law, the use of evidence extracted under cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, or as a result of 'outrages upon personal dignity, particularly humiliating or degrading treatment', as defined under international law." The American Civil Liberties Union notes, "Under the Military Commissions Act, the president has the power to define what is - and what is not - torture and abuse, even though the Geneva Conventions already provide us with a guide."


1 Mikkelson, Randall. "U.S. Attorney General, Lawmakers Clash on Torture." Reuters. 30 Jan 2008.
2 Mikkelson, Randall. "CIA Says Used Waterboarding on Three Suspects." Reuters. 5 Feb 2008.

3"EU Endorses Damning Report on CIA." BBC News. 14 Feb 2007.
4 American Civil Liberties Union. (2005) "Fact Sheet: Extraordinary Rendition." available at: http://www.aclu.org/safefree/extraordinaryrendition/22203res20051206.html

5 McIlroy, Anne. "Tortured Canadian wins battle for Truth" The Guardian. 2 Oct 2006.

6 Minister of Public Works and Government Services. (2006) "Report of the Events Relating to Maher Arar." available at http://www.ararcommission.ca/eng/AR_English.pdf

7 Pincus, Walter. "Waterboarding Historically Controversial." Washington Post 5 October 2006.
8 Dvorak, Petula. "Fort Hunt's Quiet Men Break Silence on WWII." Washington Post 6 October 2007.

9 Hoar, Joseph et al. "An Open Letter to Senator John McCain." 3 Oct 2005. available at: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/us_law/etn/pdf/mccain-100305.pdf

10 Petraeus, David. "An Open Letter to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen serving in Multi-National Force Iraq." 10 May 2007. available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/documents/petraeus_values_051007.pdf

11 Hoar, Joseph et al. "An Open Letter to Senator John Rockefeller." 12 December 2007. available at: http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/library/news/2007/071212-letter_ret-mil-ldrs.htm

12 U.S. Library of Congress: Congressional Research Service. (2007) "Interrogation of Detainees: Overview of the McCain Amendment" available at: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/RL33655.pdf

 jed456
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Posted: 10/3/2009 4:14:05 AM

......Jews And Gypsies weren't Prisoners of war.


Neither a Cowboy or a Mad Man can make their own rules.............

There is a World Standard....


At least some people get it.
 eeeo4U
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/5/2009 9:54:07 AM
There is a problem with locking up our Al Quaeda/Taliban captives with regular criminals (Ordinary Decent Criminals as the Brits call them). They tend to proselytize those locked up alongside them, and feed off their feelings of disenfranchisement. Apparently gangbangers are willing to give up pork and liquor in exchange for a pass on beating women, and the right to strike at the government that imprisons them...
 laxref41
Joined: 7/20/2008
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/6/2009 5:44:36 AM
"Actually I love it. However, our constitution does not apply in foreign countries."

Well, our prisoners are either criminal terrorists on American soil or they're prisoners of war. In the former, they get the protection of the Constitution as criminals... in the latter they are granted the protections of the Geneva Convention which our Constitution says is law since we signed it.

Never mind General Pershing and pork... why don't we just take their clothes, shave their heads, pull their teeth, gas them to death and cremate them in ovens? We could have our own final solution... since they're not afforded the protections of our Constitution... according to you.
 jed456
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/6/2009 1:47:29 PM
"Extraordinary renditions" are morally wrong and violate U.S. and international law. The U.S. ratified the UN Convention Against Torture and adopted legislation to help implement the treaty obligations through the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 ("FARRA"). The Torture Convention prohibits nations from deporting persons to a country where there is substantial grounds to believe that torture will occur. FARRA states: "It shall be the policy of the United States not to expel, extradite, or otherwise affect the involuntary return of any person to a country in which there are substantial grounds for believing the person would be in danger of being subjected to torture, regardless of whether the person is physically present in the United States."

The United Nations Convention Against Torture, ratified by the United States in 1987, clearly states that "no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture."
In 1994, Congress passed a federal anti-torture statute (18 U.S.C. 2340A).
"Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life."
In 1996, Congress passed The War Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. 2441) which made it a criminal offense for U.S. military personnel and U.S. nationals to commit war crimes as specified in the 1949 Geneva Conventions.

A hell of a lot of law's are being broken.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/7/2009 12:22:31 AM
Charles I agree with you for once.

"I'm going to give this guy credit. He put his money where his mouth was, and changed what his mouth said.

I have no idea what else this guy does, but seriously, you got to give him credit in this instance."
 arwen52
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/9/2009 4:50:13 PM
OP, I'm glad I came across this post. I've long thought that those who believe waterboarding is not torture should be subjected to it themselves.

One of my friends who is in the military reminds me that if we torture captives, we can expect our own people to be tortured if they are captured. After all, if these activities are not torture and we do them to our prisoners, we can't complain if someone does them to us, can we?
 hard starboard
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/9/2009 5:00:32 PM
Here is someone who I think would actually benefit from a good waterboarding.

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/crime/2009-10-08/story/jacksonville_teen_charged_with_drowning_puppies
 arwen52
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/9/2009 5:14:31 PM
Here's another guy who did the same thing and came to the same conclusions. Conservative writer Christopher Hitchins said, "Well, then, if waterboarding is not torture, there is no such thing as torture."
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/08/hitchens200808
 laxref41
Joined: 7/20/2008
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/10/2009 2:40:59 PM
"They are also located in CUBA where the US Constitution does not apply.
Therefore they are not entitled to either protection under the Geneva convention or the US Constitution. Being a terrorist precludes that."

Guantanemo is soverign U.S. territory... sorry. Do you think if a U.S. soldier commits a crime there that we won't prosecute him because it borders on Cuba?

And alas... the Third Geneva Convention, Article 4... does not state that combatants have to be members of a country's army... nor does it require them to wear a particular uniform... nor does it require them to have rank... and i quote...
4.1.3 Members of armed forces who profess allegiance to an authority not recognized by the Detaining Power.
4.1.6 Any inhabitants of a territory, who on the approach of the enemy spontaneously take up arms to resist the invading forces...

Sorry... but this has become an illegal internment camp.
 sd_matt
Joined: 7/9/2006
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/12/2009 6:40:43 PM
Al Queda and the Taliban have no issue torturing us.

I have no issue torturing those observed fighting us on the battlefield. Same with those that give $$.

Make your enemy suffer until he gives up.
 msquared
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/12/2009 8:12:00 PM

Al Queda and the Taliban have no issue torturing us.


Be careful on that slope. I hear it is fairly easy to lose your footing on it.
 sum1reel
Joined: 6/5/2005
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/19/2009 9:37:55 PM
Indiscriminate torture(as a means of extracting a confession) should not be conducted across the board.

It should be reserved for special cases such as extracting vital information from 'Big-Fish' caught (high ranking members clearly culpable ...such as Sheikh K. Muhamed) and who are reluctant in giving (correct) answers when interrogated.

Its such notorious individuals whose activities and involvement are not disputable.....and who possess invaluable information that may save countless lives (if obtained).

If SKM knew that he would not be subject to torture (rather quickly), there would be no reason for him to divulge secret information...at least not immediately, if at all!

Thus torture should be reserved only for special cases in which the individual is a known participant, and whose rank allows him the privilege of having the type of information that low level drones are not apt to have.
 arwen52
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Right wing radio host gets waterboarded for 7 seconds. Admits it is torture
Posted: 10/23/2009 6:23:15 PM
A few things to consider about torture:

1) The "confessions" it produces are dubious. Look, if this guy gave up after 7 seconds - under real circumstances he'd probably say "anything" to get them to stop. Unless he chose to die. Waterboarding does not "simulate" drowning, it *is* drowning, slow and controlled.

2) We are signatories to the Geneva Convention and have agreed not to torture.

3) If we start torturing prisoners, then we have no grounds to object if others torture *our* people when they are held prisoner.

For all these reasons, many military people oppose torture.
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