McCain on torture restrictions, just to be clear
March 9, 2008
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Update: Good comments by Fred Clark at slacktivist.
From the New York Times:
Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been an outspoken opponent of torture, often referring to his own experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. In this case he supported the administration’s position, arguing as Mr. Bush did Saturday that the legislation would have limited the C.I.A.’s ability to gather intelligence.
So, McCain is in favor of allowing the US to practice such cruel and inhuman punishment and torture as:
- controlled drowning (“waterboarding”)
- sexual intimidation and degradation
- leaving prisoners in cold cells naked
- forcing prisoners to stand for days at a time
- mock executions
In other words, the kinds of horrors practiced at Abu Ghraib.