Monday, April 27, 2009

Training, Not "Torture"

Former sharpshooter and prosecutor William McSwain explains why prosecuting our toughest interrogators and their bosses would be a fool's errand.

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I have personally been waterboarded, put into stress positions, sleep deprived, slapped in the face. While none of this was enjoyable, I am none the worse for wear.

While such techniques are used in U.S. military training, some apparently consider them too brutal, too abusive, too inhumane -- in short, too much like "torture" -- to be used on fanatics like KSM who are bent on the mass murder of innocent American civilians. And if legal advisers such as Steven G. Bradbury, Jay S. Bybee and John Yoo are to be prosecuted for having sanctioned their use under careful controls, who's next? Every commander who ever implemented a SERE course?


Anonymous z (formerly known as e) said...

Gil people don't want to hear from subject matter experts who know what they are talking about. Remember, modern journalism is trying to do something special here!

April 28, 2009 at 3:14 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gil your completely off base with your "Field of Dreams" as it pertains to Buggy Field being one of the prettiest ball fields in Delaware County. You need to get out and about more often and make an honest evaluation. The Aston Valley Baseball League members/volunteers should certainly be commended for their efforts and accomplishments. The leasing of that property to them by the Penn-Delco School District is an agreement that should of never taken place. The School District in actuality short changed their Baseball Program by having them play many years on a site that was constantly in development and to this day is badly in need of a good maintenance program. The field as it sits today is not very FAN FRIENDLY. It lacks seating and good viewing visibilty. As a fan, you should be in attendance when opposing fans arrive and hear their comments on the field as they scurry to find a place to view the play. Additionally, to a large degree it is still a swamp, fans on many days during the spring, need to track through mud on both sidelines. The left field foul line fron third to leftfield is a water hole that can make for risky play. The School District needs to take control of that Field and make needed improvements and then maintain it so it will truly compliment their BASEBALL PROGRAM.

As far as local community summer baseball programs such as AVBL they will have and should have privlege to the field. I have been involved in baseball programs and there is no Schools District that I know of that has ever denied utilization of ball fields to local leagues as it creates a grassroot program to support and interface with their program. In most cases, all they ask is that you maintain the field during the summer months. Thanks you for your time. A true Delco baseball fan who enjoys High School and Summer Baseball and visits fields throughout the Philly area. I can honestly tell you, Buggy Field is certainly not among the prettiest. It is badly in need of a structured maintenance program.

May 4, 2009 at 11:32 AM 

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