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'Zero Dark Thirty' Threatens the 'Bush-the-Incompetent' Narrative

2nd Fundamentalist Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 2:58 PM
I would not characterize waterboarding as torture, not like cutting off feet or hands, or crushing fingers or toes, or other such things. I would call waterboarding "torment of an excruciating kind." I can guess it would get into your head if you knew it was coming.
Bigdogoffthechain11 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 3:15 PM
The United States in WWII convicted Japanese troops of torture for waterboarding US prisoners-and executed the perpetrators.
Bigdogoffthechain11 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 3:18 PM
Further, international treaty, to which we are a signatory, defines what this is and waterboarding is torture as defined by the treaty.
AZYaateeh Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 7:15 PM
So you get your opinions from Code Pink. The Japanese practice was forcing people to drink water, not waterboarding.
AZYaateeh Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 7:16 PM
Not according to the EU courts, which ruled that waterboarding used by the UK against the IRA didn't count as torture.

Why do you think Islamofascists have rights that Irish nationalists don't?
In "Zero Dark Thirty," the movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, one of the first scenes shows a terrorist being waterboarded, where useful information gets extracted. The movie thus asserts the controversial practice leads to actionable intelligence.

Not only was former President George W. Bush criticized for "authorizing torture," his critics argued that "torture doesn't work." During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama said: "Torture is how you get bad information, not good intelligence. ... No more secret authorization of methods like simulated drowning. When I am President, America will once again be the country that stands up...