Tuesday, December 18, 2007

When "Torture" Is Moral

Legal expert Stuart Taylor explains why the Democrats are wrong to push anti-torture legislation while criticizing the Bush Administration.

"To be sure," Taylor writes, "the Bush administration has shown that it cannot be trusted to respect the current legal prohibitions on torture and near-torture."

Legal prohibitions of "near-torture"?

"We've come a long since 2002," writes Taylor, when Nancy Pelosi uttered nary a peep about rough interrogation methods. Yes, a long way toward collective amnesia.

It has been well documented and testified to that so-called waterboarding worked very well to elicit information that prevented terrorist attacks against this country, as even Taylor notes. Whatever the Bush Administration has done, it deserves some credit for preventing another devastating terrorist attack on the U.S. mainland these last six years.

Tactics such as waterboarding et al. ought to be used rarely and sparingly, but they should not be outright outlawed.

Criminalizing interrogation techniques that have been shown effective is self-defeating and stupid. If pouring a little water up a terrorist's nose elicits information that saves the lives of hundreds or thousands of Americans -- good. You don't get better trade-offs than that.

5 Comments:

Blogger Pro Christ Pro Gun said...

Blah Blah Blah - the libs want us dead. For instance, if there was a football game between a team of allstars from the Taliban and either NFL conference Pro Bowl winners, would the libs insist that the Taliban be able to horse collar tackle, clip, and hit helmet to helmet, while also insisting that the NFL Pro Bowlers follow the established rules? Of course they would. The libs want failure. They have figured out that there is no value, either morally or politically, being a winner. Sad but true.

December 18, 2007 at 2:06 PM 
Anonymous r said...

Liberal misplaced sympathies are a bitch.

December 18, 2007 at 9:33 PM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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December 21, 2007 at 10:10 AM 
Anonymous Mike said...

David, do you even know what waterboarding is? If you did, you really wouldn't consider it torture. There's many fraternities in this country that do similar things while initiating new pledges. Why isn't there an outcry about that? Why don't we actually start the debate of what to do and not to do when people start losing fingers/toes/limbs and not having "a drowning sensation."

December 24, 2007 at 2:26 PM 
Anonymous randal said...

Ah, there’s that Liberal sympathizing with the enemy. Way to go, Dave!

December 31, 2007 at 11:46 AM 

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