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McCain on torture restrictions, just to be clear

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.

One response to “McCain on torture restrictions, just to be clear

  1. Daniel Lemire March 10, 2008 at 8:46 am

    He may argue, as many have, that he agrees with torture when it can save lives.

    The problem is… who gets to decide when torture will probably save lives?

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