The damage to our international reputation, and our moral standing, will be irrevocable after Bush signs into law the detainee trial bill, blurring the line on what interrogations are permitted under US law and condoning the “alternate procedures” of the CIA. Its a sad day, mainly because we (us citizens) now are all accomplices in what the government is doing on our behalf. Lord have mercy.
As a final thought on the matter, Sullivan posts pictures of an actual waterboarding table. Go take a look. .Here’s the CIA description of waterboarding:
You can see how the CIA’s official description makes sense now. Here it is:
“The prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet. Cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner’s face and water is poured over him. Unavoidably, the gag reflex kicks in and a terrifying fear of drowning leads to almost instant pleas to bring the
treatment to a halt.”
That can now be legal in our America, friends, should a president allow it under an executive order. FWIW, none of my representatives (two Republican Senators and a Democratic Representative) listened to my concerns: all three voted for this bill. And, for what its worth, I’m not a huge Hillary Clinton fan, but she came down on the right side on this one (here’s a blog entry of her full speech as prepared):