by John Hawkins | September 19, 2006 9:52 am
Here’s the eeeeeevvvvviiiiiiilllllllll “torture” that John McCain, Andrew Sullivan, Ted Kennedy, & Company think is just too cruel to be used on terrorists who saw the heads off of Americans and support flying planes into our buildings:
“The techniques sought by the CIA are: induced hypothermia; forcing suspects to stand for prolonged periods; sleep deprivation; a technique called “the attention grab” where a suspect’s shirt is forcefully seized; the “attention slap” or open hand slapping that hurts but does not lead to physical damage; the “belly slap”; and sound and light manipulation.”
Here’s how this “torture” plays out in the real world:
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“Several of those techniques chime with information gleaned about interrogation methods used against some serious terror suspects. The New York Times recently reported that Abu Zubaydah, the first al-Qaida member captured after the September 11 attacks, was kept in a freezing cell until he went blue, and later assailed with loud Red Hot Chili Peppers music.”
I love the image of a murderous terrorist shivering in his cell while two giant speakers pump infidel music like, “Love Rollercoaster,” into his cell. The only way it could be better would be if he had to watch a giant TV screen with “The Hebrew Hammer,” in constant loop.
In any case, the people who think that using a “belly slap” or “sleep deprivation” is too extreme, really have skewed priorities. We’re talking about getting information from these terrorists that may prevent the next 9/11 using techniques that aren’t any rougher than what our troops go through in basic training or what a college football team has to endure in the course of a season. If those are the worst techniques that we use on terrorists, then they’re getting off light.
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