Americans Will Die Because Of McCain’s Torture Amendment

How many thousands of Americans will end up dying because of this?

“President Bush reversed course on Thursday and accepted Sen. John McCain’s call for a law banning cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of foreign suspects in the war on terror. Bush said the agreement will “make it clear to the world that this government does not torture and that we adhere to the international convention of torture, whether it be here at home or abroad.”

“It’s a done deal,” said McCain, talking to reporters in a driving rain outside the White House.

Under the deal, CIA interrogators would be given the same legal rights as currently guaranteed members of the military who are accused of breaking interrogation guidelines. Those rules say the accused can defend themselves by arguing it was reasonable for them to believe they were obeying a legal order.

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“We’ve sent a message to the world that the United States is not like the terrorists,” McCain said earlier as he sat next to Bush in the Oval Office.”

Because we’ve been able to use techniques like stress positions, sleep deprivation, and waterboarding on terrorists for the last few years, we have undoubtedly had a lot of success in getting information out of key terrorists that we’ve captured. In fact, the use of those sort of interrogation techniques probably has a lot to do with why Al-Qaeda hasn’t been able to follow-up on 9/11 in the United States.

However, now that we’ve put political grandstanding above national security and completely handcuffed our military investigators, we can expect a big slow down in the amount of intelligence we’re getting from captured Al-Qaeda operatives…

Which means that some day in the future, it may be a year from now, 5 years from now, 10 years, there will be a massive terrorist attack. Planes will be flown into buildings, some bioagent will be released, or God help us, a nuclear bomb will be set off, and there will be a terrorist we’re holding who knew all about it, but didn’t tell us anything because a bunch of hysterical politicians prevented our interrogators from making the terrorist, “sweepy,” cold, or tired because those techniques were falsely considered, “torture.”

Spin this however you want, but McCain’s bill will be a huge help to Al-Qaeda and one day, down the road, it will probably cost an enormous number of Americans their lives. This was a very foolish decision…

Also see Boiling The “Torture” Debate Down To Its Simplest Form.

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