Readers Interrogate Torture Memos
Our Readers Who Comment are exercised this morning about Joby Warrick's report that the Bush White House, in response to a CIA request, issued memos specifically endorsing "interrogation techniques such as waterboarding."
The majority of the comments reflect significant disapproval of those techniques and distress that the United States has used them, with White House approval. Some call for impeachment proceedings -- a standard suggestion in comments on articles about the War on Terror or the war in Iraq. Some readers point to President Bush's 2005 statement that "We do not torture."
There are also defenders of rugged interrogation. Those comments usually express an eye-for-an-eye element.
We'll start with cmckeonjr , who wrote, "In other words, they wanted to be able to say they were just 'following orders.' "
And MichelleH said, "We have become what we fear the most...we are the terrorists. Our elected officials have betrayed everything America stands for and they need to be criminally charged, tried on war crimes."
But Thozmaniac wrote, "...I'm much more concerned about the way Allied prisoners are beheaded, dismembered, and/or burned to death than I am of an enemy combatant getting waterboarded, teased, or made to wear panties on his head."
And speedo1 said, "Not sure why we care how they get the information just so we get the information and inflict maximum pain on the terrorists."
markswisshelm predicted that "Bush will without question pardon the higher ups. Low level operatives are going to fall hard."
treetopflyer wrote, "These CIA pigs make me want to puke. They weren't worried about whether what they were doing was right or wrong, only about saving their own hides if they got caught..."
nowhine said, "Its a sad day when we lower ourselves to use tactics the bad guys use....The founding fathers would be ashamed of this, as we all should be."
AussieFred wrote, "If other countries did it, it would be called 'torture'. When the USA does it, it's called 'a legitimate interrogation technique'. That's because the USA wear the white hats ... isn't that how it works?"
firstname.lastname@example.org said, "...Those high level Al-Queda captives now at Guantanmo were not initially waterboarded. It was only after other methods... did not work, that more extreme methods were used... Relivant intelligence can get stale quite quickly you know..."
pennv wrote, "I sure hope I am around to hear the blame game when we are attacked again by those terrorists who certainly didn't respect any of our American rights...these same folks will be screaming that the government did nothing to protect them. Damned if you do, and damned if you don't..."
danigo, suggested that "There is stil time to impeach the incompetent fools. Impeachment is merciful since their crimes are criminal and deserve jail time."
JackN said, "...Shouldn't the responsible White House signatory be brought to justice in the World Court? Other such criminals have been pursued and brought to justice. Or do only American presidents enjoy sovereign immunity?"
And RichardCheeseman asked, "When will the Washington Post editorial board call for the Bush regime torturers to be brought to justice?..."
bjkalmba said, "It's 'interesting' how the press began referring to water-boarding as an "interrogation technique" during the Bush Administration. Before that, it seems, it had always referred to this "technique" as a form of torture."
bpai_99 wrote, "...Everyone already knows the Bush Administration authorized and encouraged torture. This is not news. If you think it is, here's another news flash for you - they got away with it."
And nallcando asked, "...if Bush gave permission to torture. Why did we prosecute the lowest ranking men and women soldiers, who were ordered to carry out the abuse??..."
jimarush seconded the motion, writing, "It is bad enough that the president endorsed the use of torture violating the Geneva Conventions what makes it worse is he and his cohorts, Cheney, Rice etc cowardly hid behind a national security facade and allowed those who carried out their orders get thrown under the bus..."
Pearl77 said, "The biggest crime here is that Pelosi will not allow articles of impeachment to be brought against Bush and Cheney. If these atrocities go unpunished it will send a signal to the next necon cowboy that "anything goes" is still permissible..."
Barnes848 wrote, "What amazes me about all this is that if any OTHER country was putting these techniques into effect against OUR troops and agents, we would be screaming holy hell!... We put our own people in very big trouble when they are captured if we do this and then defend it on the international stage."
We'll close with EnemyOfTheState, who saw a ray of light in writing "This news about the torture isn't a surprise anymore, but it is surprising some bonehead saved the memo approving it. Fortunately, even in this twisted world, the truth still comes out."
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October 15, 2008; 7:54 AM ET
Categories: Bush , CIA , Torture , Waterboarding | Tags: Bush, CIA, Torture, Waterboarding
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