Yikes. I just noticed that my wee blog was search result #3 on Google for "waterboarding"—and that takes you to this post.
So if you happened to come across this blog looking for more information about waterboarding, I can think of no better and more serious source than the post that David Corn just put up. He includes the grisly Khmer Rouge image that I had in my original waterboarding post, along with several others and *much* more explanation.
Before you go, though, I just want to make clear that I don't think torture done by Americans, paid for by Americans (that means literally that *you* are torturing people, thanks to your taxes), should even be a partisan issue. Fuckin' A, people. E.g., I have and would still consider voting for McCain and don't consider myself way out on the political spectrum.
Politicians are making torture an issue right now, unfortunately, even though they're not talking straight about it—and it's no coincidence that this is coming up again right before an election. The most important point I think can be made about this (which the Corn post also makes) is that you shouldn't let politicians convince you that this is about "getting tough" with terrorists.
Follow that Corn link to read more, but we're not betraying *centuries* of tradition—and the honor of what American soldiers have died for in the past—for a good reason. We're betraying it for *nothing*. Waterboarding does *not* produce "actionable intel"; it only makes us as evil and despicable as our enemies, for no reason. Not to mention the practical public-relations loss it gives us, or the danger it puts any of our soldiers who are captured in the future in. (Why are they pushing for it? Your guess is as good as mine, but I'm assuming it has to do with scaring us into voting for them.)
If decent (and Christian) voters can't see the flagrant immorality of legalizing torture for what it is, then we are as bad as the Germans who went along quietly as the Nazis began commiting atrocities. We will be leaving this country in worse shape than we found it, and we can only hope that future generations will redeem us.
Sorry for the nigh-ridiculous earnestness, but putting aside all the other aggravating political issues of the last several years (from ludicrous deficit spending to chronic, pathological disregard of science) this just seems like an issue that shouldn't have even come up, that it should be obvious what the right and moral thing to do is.
But, unfortunately, we're just a bunch of stupid fucking humans.
I mean, a Southern white dude saying "the n-word" in the '70s is hardly news. But—if you go to page two—the rest of the story gets sooooo much creepier:
Shelton said he also remembers a disturbing deer hunting trip with Allen on land that was owned by the family of Billy Lanahan, a wide receiver on the team. After they had killed a deer, Shelton said he remembers Allen asking Lanahan where the local black residents lived. Shelton said Allen then drove the three of them to that neighborhood with the severed head of the deer. "He proceeded to take the doe's head and stuff it into a mailbox," Shelton said.
The Democrats may have accumulated more than its share of drunks and womanizers in the past, but the Republicans have clearly taken the lead on hypocrite gamblers and racist sociopaths.
All right, people: If you've ever wanted to give Republicans the boot, now is the time to pony up some cash—and you don't even have to send it to the DNC, because there's a tight House race right in our own backyard. Sheriff Reichert won with only 51.5% last time, and Charlie Cook still rates the R-incumbent race as just leaning Republican. Look at the rest of the races to see why there's such an oppportunity here to go back to the sanity of a split-power government. Dems only have to pick up *15* more seats.
The GOP has already raised more money than the Dems nationally, which means Mehlman and Rove will pour money here if the race tightens. My morning nerd analogy: We're trying to storm this party's castle, and this is our particular section of the wall—so even if we don't make it over the top, we'll have at least drawn defenders away from the other, even more vulnerable battlements. The loot from a successful siege is getting the legislative muscle to end the worst aspects of total GOP control two years early—and given the insane deficit spending of the last few years, you don't even have to be a Democrat to like that.
Even though she's not *our* rep (she's in the 8th, and we're in the 7th w/ McDermott—see the map here), she's a great candidate and would be a vast improvement over Reichert, who's busy trying to pretend he's an independent right now. Which is almost as pathetic as Mike McGavick's TV ads right now, where he pleads—seriously—that's "it's time for real change in Washington." I totally agree, Mike. I don't know if you've heard yet, but your party has held every single branch of government in D.C. for several years now. How dumb do you think people are? (Don't answer that.)
Donate to Darcy here. (And if you use Safari, forgive the fact that her site looks terrible. She did use to work at Microsoft, after all.)
Don't miss out on the cross-country travels of Seattle's own Poetry Bus, esp. the great write-up just posted from the legendary Green Mill. If you haven't heard about the Bus, read the Believer's review. (Snippet: "On September 2, Seattle’s Wave Books commences their nationwide Poetry Bus Tour, a prospect they are calling 'the biggest literary event of 2006' and 'the most ambitious poetry tour ever attempted.' These are not overstatements.")
And no, Miss HB isn't avoiding you: You haven't seen her because there's no way she could *not* get on the Bus. She's riding the Chicago-to-New-York leg, and according to her blog(!) (yay!), the bus is currently parked here: