Saturday, October 07, 2006

Waterboarding is a war crime

Or at least it is when done to Americans, according to the US military:

[I]n 1947, the United States charged a Japanese officer, Yukio Asano, with war crimes for carrying out another form of waterboarding on a U.S. civilian. The subject was strapped on a stretcher that was tilted so that his feet were in the air and head near the floor, and small amounts of water were poured over his face, leaving him gasping for air until he agreed to talk.

"Asano was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) told his colleagues last Thursday during the debate on military commissions legislation. "We punished people with 15 years of hard labor when waterboarding was used against Americans in World War II," he said.

And just to be clear, this is exactly the same method of waterboarding used by US torturers. Unfortunately, the US has just passed a law granting those torturers an amnesty for their crimes. So much for Justice Jackson's statement at Nuremberg that "we [the United States government] are not prepared to lay down a rule of criminal conduct against others which we would not be willing to have invoked against us"...

[Hat tip: Talk Left]


Indeed. A sad index of the moral blindness of the current administration and its voting supporters...

Posted by Anonymous : 10/07/2006 04:10:00 AM

As an American, soon to be an expatriate living in New Zealand next year, this is one of my main disappointments with 'my' country. And no one here seems to care! And I've given up. Even Torquemada called it 'torture'!

And not only is it morally wrong, but on a practical level, torture DOES not provide good, reliable intelligence. The military knows this, Colin Powell knows this, many ex-military know this. But NO ONE is listening.

ANd I am just as disgusted at the Democrats for not taking a STAND! They are just as guilty as the Republicans (with the exception of a few honest Dems like Hilary Clinton). And I'll never trust McCain ever again for his so-called 'compromise.'

I'm getting out of here. It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

Posted by Anonymous : 10/07/2006 02:45:00 PM

its the problem with a two party system - the democrats dont NEED to take a stand.
All they need to be is margially better than the really bad guys.

Posted by Genius : 10/07/2006 04:16:00 PM

It's not "two-party" system. It's a one-party system, the Big Business Party, with two wings.

Posted by Anonymous : 10/08/2006 04:28:00 AM