John McCain just doesn’t get it – waterboarding is NOT torture.

 Jennifer Rubin, writing in Right Turn, The Washington

“. . . I think it is important to focus on one specific assertion McCain makes: “Much of this debate is a definitional one: whether any or all of these methods constitute torture. I believe some of them do, especially waterboarding, which is a mock execution and thus an exquisite form of torture. As such, they are prohibited by American laws and values, and I oppose them.” The part about mock execution is simply false and is as much a slur on our intelligence employees as was Williams’s insinuation that we pulled “out people’s teeth and eyeballs.” In the detailed directions and limitations set out by Office of Legal Counsel lawyers including Steven Bradbury’s May 10, 2005 and May 30, 2005 memos, it is clear that there was no effort to suggest to the detainees they might die. To the contrary, elaborate procedures and medical personnel were in place to assure they would not suffer ‘severe mental or physical distress.’”


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