The other day, in a long and meaningful speech based on his own experience, Senator John McCain lashed out at the support of waterboarding by his fellow Republicans.
Everything I’ve read shows that we would not have gotten this information as to who this man was if it had not been gotten information from people who were subject to enhanced interrogation. And so this idea that we didn’t ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, he doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative. And that’s when we got this information. And one thing led to another, and led to another, and that’s how we ended up with bin Laden.
Perhaps Santorum forgets that McCain was held and tortured by the North Vietnamese and bases his opinion on real experience. McCain has even written that he did not become cooperative under “enhanced interrogation” at all, and in fact gave his tormentors false information to get them to stop.
So in response to the question of what does McCain think of Rick Santorum’s comment, McCain spokesperson Brooke Buchanan made a one word reply:
(Source: Justin Elliott in Salon)
- Rick Santorum Says John McCain Doesn’t Understand Interrogation (alan.com)
- Santorum Says McCain Doesn’t Understand Enhanced Interrogation (themoderatevoice.com)
- Santorum doesn’t think John McCain understands how torture works (americablog.com)
- Rick Santorum says Sen. John McCain, an ex-POW, doesn’t understand the effectiveness of harsh interrogation (pennlive.com)
- Santorum Denies McCain Experience With Torture (lezgetreal.com)
- UnCatholic Quote of the Day (vgiordano.wordpress.com)
- More on Santorum’s Torture Expertise and Experience (themoderatevoice.com)
- Santorum: Still dumber than a bag of hammers…. (tagg-lines.com)
- Rick Santorum: Obama Didn’t Get Bin Laden (alan.com)
I found this over at My Left Wing. I remember hearing someone on NPR last week saying waterboarding wasn’t torture. This quote sums it up for me:
You give me a waterboard, Dick Cheney and one hour,
and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.
– Gov. Jesse (The Body) Ventura
Found it on All Hat No Cattle:
“But according to a newly released memo from the CIA, they used horrible torture techniques on prisoners. Dick Cheney claimed that it wasn’t torture. Enhanced interrogation techniques, that’s what he called it, enhanced interrogation technique. And he didn’t shoot that guy in the face. No, no, that was enhanced quail hunting.”
Needs no further comment. 🙂
“I think the interrogations were in violation of the Geneva Convention against torture that we ratified under President Reagan. I think that these interrogations, once publicized, helped al Qaeda recruit.”
– Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), in an interview on Face the Nation, on the Bush administration’s interrogation methods.
Looks like McCain and Cheney are not in the same Party.
Thursday, June 25, 2009, has been designated Torture Accountability Action Day by a large coalition of human rights groups planning rallies and marches in major U.S. cities, including a rally in Washington, D.C.’s John Marshall Park at 11 a.m. followed by a noon march to the Justice Department where some participants will risk arrest in nonviolent protest if a special prosecutor for torture is not appointed.