Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Is it Torture? Depends Upon What ''It'' Means

Here's why King George and his Bush League minions keep babbling about "not torturing" the folks held in former KGB gulags:
The report, by John L. Helgerson, the C.I.A.'s inspector general, did not conclude that the techniques constituted torture, which is also prohibited under American law, the officials said. But Mr. Helgerson did find, the officials said, that the techniques appeared to constitute cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment under the convention.
In BushSpeak, subjecting folks to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" for the purposes of extracting information is not torture.

Here's a dictionary definition:
Torture: An act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person, for a purpose such as obtaining information or a confession, punishment, intimidation or coercion, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind.
Too bad Bush can't pronounce "dictionary."


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