Saturday, March 08, 2008

Bush wants torture to continue

There is no other way I can interpret the news about Bush's latest Presidential veto.

Bush vetoes bill to curb waterboarding

Citing security imperatives, US President George W. Bush announced on Saturday he had vetoed legislation on intelligence funding that called for the CIA to abandon interrogation methods widely seen as torture.

It was a weak bill to start with, and actually unnecessary, as torture is already illegal by US law - and make no mistake, waterboarding is torture. Bush's willingness to veto this bill, however, shows that he endorses torture.

Why do I say that - well, look at what the bill was aimed at.

The bill calls for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to question suspected terrorists under the rules of the US Army Field Manual, which forbids the controlled-drowning tactic and other methods widely seen as torture.

"The bill Congress sent me would take away one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror -- the CIA program to detain and question key terrorist leaders and operatives," Bush said in his weekly radio address.

It cannot be stated often enough. Even if your morale compass it too fucked up to understand why torture should never be allowed, torture is the worst kind of intelligence gathering tool. People will say whatever they think will make the torturers stop. In other words, you cannot trust any information you get through such methods. The only reason to use torture is to intimidate people, and make them fear you. Something which I hope is obviously not acceptable to mot people, even if the current US President don't seem to be able to understand this.

Would it be possible to impeach George W. Bush for crimes against humanity?

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