Sunday, January 13, 2008
Today at HUFFPO
WASHINGTON — The nation's intelligence chief says waterboarding "would be torture" if used against him or if someone under interrogation actually was taking water into his lungs.
But Mike McConnell, in a magazine interview, declined for legal reasons to say whether the technique categorically should be considered torture.
"If it ever is determined to be torture, there will be a huge penalty to be paid for anyone engaging in it," McConnell told The New Yorker, which published a 16,000-word article Sunday on the director of national intelligence.
The comments come as the House Intelligence Committee investigates the CIA's destruction of videotaped interrogations of two al-Qaida suspects. The tapes were made in 2002 and destroyed three years later, over fears they would leak. They depicted the use of "enhanced" interrogation techniques against two of the three men known to have been waterboarded by the CIA.
The mere fact that this topic of waterboarding is even debatable in the first place, screams of illegality, admitting to it's use by arguing for it.
We have been conditioned to accept violence as a fact of life somehow, and the end justifies the means.
Progress leading to profit at any cost. No wonder things are so messed up. It remains to be seen if we will support man's inhumanity to man or rebel against it an make progress lead to peace and generosity.
Meanwhile the torture issue must be addressed and standards applied equally, the Army manual defines this more than any other document. America used to be seen as a beacon on horizon for the oppressed, now we are the oppressors. It is unacceptable for us to continue promoting torture as an acceptable tool for interrogation.
Time to stop.