Monday, February 18, 2008

Why I Worked For His Opponent

From Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury site,

"It is not like putting burning coals on people's bodies. The person is in no real danger. The impact is psychological."
-- Sen. Joe Lieberman, after voting against a bill prohibiting waterboarding

If this evil scum (CT-Likud) had to deal with memories of waterboarding victims for forty years, I don't think he'd be so quick to venture an opinion on matters he knows absolutely nothing about. However, judging from this week's vote on S.2248, it appears to be a majority view in Congress. Under the "leadership" of Sen. Rockefeller, the Senate caved to Cheney's long-term goal of gutting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, passed in the aftermath of the Indochina Wars; government officials may no longer be sued for violations of civil rights, such as drowning someone a drop at a time.

Imagine being helpless, fighting as hard as you can to breathe, and getting nothing but water in your lungs as they gradually fill up, and you lose consciousness again, only to be awakened for a repeat. Try it on for a day or so. then tell me it aint torture. "Psychological" my ass: psycho.

"Torture is something that happens to other people." It just happens: no good people decide to do such things to other human beings and carry them out in secret and then lie about it. Nothing to get upset about; it's for your "security"; you do feel more secure, don't you?

Thanks to Paul at BB for the story on FISA and for keeping this issue going; it's too personal for me to do so very often, but sometimes I gotta.


Doorman-Priest said...

Or to put it another way: It's only torture. Get over it.


johnieb said...

This "get over it" you speak of; any hints as to how one does that?

June Butler said...

When I see the pictures of Holy Joe with St. John, I just about go nuts - not that I have that far to go.

Paul said...

They really need it applied to them to help clarify their minds on this issue.

No, I have no charity, zero, zip, zilch, nada for those who condone waterboarding. And those who order it need to be brought before the Hague and charged with war crimes. (I'm talking about you, W!)

Jane R said...

Ugh, Lieberman! Why doesn't he just join the Republican Party? I don't get it.

Fran said...

Johnieb- (CT-Likud)

That says it all.