12/07/2005: Our Favorite Torturers...
Maureen Dowd (NY Times) has a GEM today about Condi's *parsing* of the concepts of a U.S. Government that does NOT Torture (or so they claim...) in this piece: Torturing the Facts:
"... "The United States government does not authorize or condone torture of detainees," she said.
It all depends on what you mean by "authorize," "condone," "torture" and "detainees."
Ms. Rice also claimed that the U.S. did not transport terrorism suspects "for the purpose of interrogation using torture." But, hey, as Rummy likes to say, stuff happens.
The president said he was opposed to torture and then effectively issued regulations to allow what any normal person - and certainly a victim - would consider torture. Alberto Gonzales et al. have defined torture deviancy downward to the point where it's hard to imagine what would count as torture. Under this administration, prisoners have been hung by their wrists and had electrodes attached to their genitals; they've been waterboarded, exposed to extreme heat and cold, and threatened with death - even accidentally killed.
Does Ms. Rice think anyone is buying her loophole-riddled defense? ..."
Karen on 12.07.05 @ 05:49 AM CST