Republicans are great lovers of history and yearn for the middle ages and all sorts of devices to get the non-truth people from people via torture redux. This whole stupidity could have been slowed or ended by a court case or two or thirty, but the President of the United States has shown no desire to prosecute torturers or wreckers of the economy.
No, I am no referring to the Donald but Barak Obama, the man directing that all kinds of whistleblowers who uncover government collusion with bad guys and the killing of people only the Government wants to, be our ‘moral’ government’s course of action.
So less than fifteen years after waterboarding, sleep deprivation, promulgation of cold and or noise, denial of food and water, and other disgusting behaviors by the government was exposed and labeled as torture but resulted in no senior officials prosecuted, here we go again, American officials flirting with the use of torture.
The only question is who is more immoral – the team that gave torturers a pass and kill people by drone and clamp down on those exposing the government’s illegalities or those giving torturers a pass and killing by drone and clamping down on anyone exposing their illegalities?
It’s torture redux.
“Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Sunday did not rule out the U.S. using torture tactics like waterboarding to combat terrorism. “
“We’re going to have a president again who will never say what we’ll never do,” Pence said of President-elect Donald Trump during an interview with “Face the Nation.”
“Pence was speaking in response to the clear anti-torture message Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made to the president-elect one day earlier.”
“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do. We will not waterboard. We will not do it,” McCain said during a panel discussion at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia on Saturday.”
‘The moderator had asked McCain what power Congress had to “rein in” a president who “does things which you find intolerable.” The senator noted that waterboarding, a torture technique that simulates drowning, is illegal in the U.S., is not authorized by the U.S. Army Field Manual (which dictates acceptable interrogation practices) and is prohibited by the Geneva Conventions.”
“If they started waterboarding, I swear to you, there are a bunch of us who would have [Trump] in court in a New York minute,” McCain said, snapping his fingers.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-waterboarding_us_5831e4c4e4b030997bbffa1d