The torture debate goes on, and on and on. The New York Times yesterday (May 6th) published a story that basically asks: ‘where are the missing voices — the voices of those who were so brutally tortured by the agents of our reprehensible government?’ (Just a bit of a paraphrase). From that article:

“For two years, the A.C.L.U. has been seeking complete transcripts of the hearings at Guantánamo for 14 men who were previously in C.I.A. custody, including Abu Zubaydah, who has been described as an operative of Al Qaeda and was waterboarded at least 83 times. But the publicly released version of these transcripts deleted all detainee statements about their ordeals.”

That was probably a stupid move by the Bush White House to omit anything from the transcripts because it clearly indicates that they feel that the techniques they used on these “animals” were cruel and that they are embarrassed. Well they shouldn’t be embarrassed — they should be proud that they were able to get vital information out of them — information that saved many thousands of lives. But no! Bush, who did the right thing initially, had to turn squeamish and ashamed.

Speaking of shame! Barack Obama should be ashamed of himself for allowing this outrage to go on. He’s the President of the United States — his primary job is to protect us from our enemies at home and abroad. Obama should be heaping praise on George Bush for keeping this country safe from a repeat attack for his entire term in office after 9/11/2001. But instead our president, at a recent press conference said:

“I am absolutely convinced (banning waterboarding) was the right thing to do, not because there might not have been information that was yielded by these various detainees who were subjected to this treatment, but because we could have gotten this information in other ways, in ways that were consistent with our values, in ways that were consistent with who we are.”

In case you’ve forgotten “who we are” Mr. President, we are Americans and Americans have always fought, using whatever means that were necessary, to protect their country from its enemies.

Its so easy to forget that these people who are called “detainees” are sworn enemies of this country — enemies of you and me — and, I don’t know about you — but when someone declares himself my enemy and threatens to kill me, its no holds bared from then on. If it saves one more life I say go and get Abu Zubaydah, drag him somewhere and waterboard him 83 more times.

Are we turning into a nation of wimps? Or have we already turned that corner?

News Links:

Washington Post: Polling the Torture Debate

Seattle Times: Torture, without a doubt

Blog Links:

Larry Elder at Questioning Terrorists – With Compassion

Stop Socialism Now: Dear Obama if Water Boarding is Torture Why is it Used on SEAL Candidates and Navy Pilots?

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