Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Holy Cow! McCain wasn't tortured!

Andrew Sullivan is a man with impeccable conservative credentials, so when he says something like this, it should make you think twice.
In all the discussion of John McCain's recently recovered memory of a religious epiphany in Vietnam, one thing has been missing. The torture that was deployed against McCain emerges in all the various accounts. It involved sleep deprivation, the withholding of medical treatment, stress positions, long-time standing, and beating. Sound familiar?

According to the Bush administration's definition of torture, McCain was therefore not tortured.

Cheney denies that McCain was tortured; as does Bush. So do John Yoo and David Addington and George Tenet.
Now ain't that just a kick in the nuts. But Andrew closes his piece in The Atlantic with the piece de resistance,
in the Military Commissions Act, McCain acquiesced to the use of these techniques against terror suspects by the CIA. And so the tortured became the enabler of torture. Someone somewhere cried out in pain for the same reasons McCain once did. And McCain let it continue.
Is there no position that John McCain will not turn his back on?

Thanks to AmericaBlog and The Great Orange Stan


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