Waterboardin’ USA

Will this damn Sith Lord just go away already? Every other day the man is on one show or another, or giving one speech or another, talking about what a great job he did and how awesome he is. This despite public polling showing him to be less likable than swine flu, Hitler and the “(insert genre) Movie” franchise. Alright, maybe not that last one, but the point is everyone hates him.

The worst part of it isn’t even that he demands constant face time to defend his thuggish tactics in prosecuting his “War on Terror”. No, the worst part of it is his continued refusal to acknowledge that such tactics, chiefly waterboarding, are, have been and always will be torture. Not “enhanced interrogation techniques”, not “harsh interrogation methods”; that’s bullshit Newspeak, euphemistic, fundamentally misleading terms made up by Cheney and his henchmen.

When you waterboard someone you are suffocating them and forcing the inhalation of water. This is also known as drowning them. The effects of which are the following: “extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to lungs, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, other physical injuries including broken bones due to struggling against restraints, lasting psychological damage or, ultimately, death. Adverse physical consequences can start manifesting months after the event; psychological effects can last for years.”

To those who say otherwise, that it isn’t torture, that it’s just “dunking someone in the water” or “frat hazing” (I’ve actually heard that last one first hand, not just from politicians and pundits), a few questions: why bother with it at all then? Why has it for hundreds of years been a favorite method of some choice groups like the Inquisition, the Khmer Rouge and the Japanese in WW2? Why is it banned under US and international law? Why are you so skullfuckingly stupid?

If the former (and I emphasize former because if his greater public presence now than at any time during his tenure in office is any indication he doesn’t seem to realize that yet) Vice President wants to argue that torture is a necessary tool for our national security forces to have, fine, let him make that argument. But at least stop the bullshit wordplay and call it what it is, ya mook.

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