Friday, February 15, 2008

Jolting Joe Lieberman Punctuates U.S.'s Three Year Talk on Torture with Exclamation (no) Mark!

In 2005 stories broke of secret U.S. prisons and heavy handed interrogation techniques. An analysis of torture in the Melbourne Journal of International Law speaks of torture as a hidden practice.

Three years later, Independent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman weighed in on the matter, as a solid proponent of torture that doesn't leave a mark:

You want to be able to use emergency tech to try to get the information out of that person," Lieberman said. Of course, Lieberman believes such authority has limits. He does not believe the president could authorize having hot coals pressed on someone's flesh to obtain that information.

The difference, he said, is that waterboarding is mostly psychological and there is no permanent physical damage. "It is not like putting burning coals on people's bodies. The person is in no real danger. The impact is psychological."

And how would Joe know? It's time for every person who voted to keep waterboarding in the President's arsenal to undergo the practice. The world might respect us again if the 45 Senators, who voted to keep simulated drowning available, would take a ride on the waterboard. After George W. uses his veto pen, give him a similar dunking using water from the Potomac. It's called leadership by example, because if we do it to others, they'll surely do it to our soldiers and citizens.