Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Torture Bush Repeatedly, Says Washington Post Editor

Bush says that harsh interrogation techniques used to question detainees are not torture. Fine, says an editor with the Washington Post, let's use those same interrogation techniques on the president and see if he still thinks they're not torture.

The Bush administration's authorisation of the use of torture has returned to the headlines of the American mainstream media in the past week after the New York Times uncovered secret Justice Department documents that clearly, comprehensively gave authorisation to "a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures."

While Bush constantly claims "America does not torture people", the president refuses to go into detail about exactly what methods of interrogation are used in American, Afghanistan and Iraqi prisons and detainee centres.

From Raw Story :
An associate editor and columnist for the Washington Post says that until George W. Bush and others in his administration endure the "harsh" treatment to which terrorism suspects are subjected, then Bush "will be remembered as the president who tried to justify torture."

...the Post's Eugene Robinson says Bush should endure the same detainee treatment he authorized, which "international conventions deem torture."

"My proposal on torture is serious," Robinson wrote on a washingtonpost.com discussion board Sunday. "...Bush administration officials who claim the "harsh" interrogation techniques being used on terrorism suspects are not torture should have to undergo those same techniques. Personally. Repeatedly."

"Clearly, he is using a narrow definition of torture: If we haven't actually put anybody on the rack or pulled out his fingernails, we haven't committed torture," Robinson writes.

"Until George W. Bush can say, 'Hey, I've been waterboarded, and it wasn't so bad,' or Alberto Gonzales can say, 'To tell the truth, spending those three days naked in a freezing-cold cell wasn't painful or anything,' then I'll continue to believe that history will condemn this administration for a shocking lapse of moral judgment. Bush will be remembered as the president who tried to justify torture."