Thursday, November 01, 2007

Easy Way to End Waterboarding Controversy

There is an easy answer to this waterboarding controversy. Just as Congress banned waterboarding for the military in 2005, the Democrats can now do so for the CIA. But do they have the huevos to do it????

Even though Congress banned waterboarding in the US military in 2005, it did not do so for the CIA. As a result, Mr Mukasey told senators, it was uncertain whether this technique or other harsh methods constituted "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment. His answers did not satisfy the Democrats, however, and his approval now hinges on whether he is willing to say the torture method is against US law.
In a further embarrassment for Mr Bush yesterday, Malcolm Nance, an advisor on terrorism to the US departments of Homeland Security, Special Operations and Intelligence, publicly denounced the practice. He revealed that waterboarding is used in training at the US Navy's Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School in San Diego, and claimed to have witnessed and supervised "hundreds" of waterboarding exercises. Although these last only a few minutes and take place under medical supervision, he concluded that "waterboarding is a torture technique – period".
The practice involves strapping the person being interrogated on to a board as pints of water are forced into his lungs through a cloth covering his face while the victim's mouth is forced open. Its effect, according to Mr Nance, is a process of slow-motion suffocation.
Typically, a victim goes into hysterics on the board as water fills his lungs. "How much the victim is to drown," Mr Nance wrote in an article for the Small Wars Journal, "depends on the desired result and the obstinacy of the subject.
"A team doctor watches the quantity of water that is ingested and for the physiological signs which show when the drowning effect goes from painful psychological experience to horrific, suffocating punishment, to the final death spiral. For the uninitiated, it is horrifying to watch."

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Perhaps one day it will be possible to get elected to public office as an athiest....

NON-THEISTS - or Shafars [Shafar = Skeptics, humanists, agnostics, free thinkers, aethists & rationalists] are now up to 12% of the US population according to the Pew Center. This makes them twice as common as Lutherans, four times as common as Presbyterians, six times more common than Episcopalians and 9 times more common as Jews. They have, however, yet to have appeared on any US coinage nor have they been invited to open a session of the US Senate. Nor has the media noticed.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

If Giuliani's Lips Are Moving He is Probably Lying

All the Republican candidates rolled into one bunch of toilet paper are hardly worthy to wipe Dennis Kucinich's ass, so I don't really expect much in the way of honesty from any of them. However, this whopper from Rudy was too good to pass up...

Typical of Giuliani's claims on the campaign trail is a speech he gave last summer in which he said of the pre-9/11 period, "Bin Laden declared war on us. We didn't hear it. ... I thought it was pretty clear at the time -- but a lot of people didn't see it, couldn't see it."
Wayne Barrett, a reporter for New York's Village Voice and author of Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11, has now obtained leaked memos describing Giuliani's testimony before the 9/11 Commission which directly contradict that claim.
Barrett told Shuster that taken as a whole, Giuliani's testimony "was a confession of ignorance. He basically said, 'I knew nothing about al Qaeda.'"
For example, Giuliani acknowledged that even though he had received information on threats between 1998 and 2001, "At the time I had no idea it was al Qaeda." He further told the commission that after 9/11, "we brought in people to brief us on al Qaeda. ... We had nothing like this pre 9/11, which was a mistake."
Giuliani's testimony, like that of other witnesses describing New York City's response on 9/11, was supposed to remain secret until after the 2008 presidential election.