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US Army Bans Waterboarding

The United States army reiterated that it would not allow the use of waterboarding interrogation techniques used on prisoners. “The U.S. Armyu strictly prohibits the use of waterboarding during intelligence investigations by any of its members. It is specifically prohibited by Field Manual 2-22-3 and is not a sanctioned interrogation technique in any training manual or any instructions to soldiers in the field.” During hearings into the nomination of Michael Muskasey he continually refused to respond to questions concerning use of waterboarding on grounds it might result in punishment for those who used such approaches. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates when asked if such techniques could be construed as “torture” responded, “I am not going to wander into that legal thicket.”

It is rather confusing why Gates claims he does not wish to “wander into that legal thicket” when the American armed forces have already stated waterboarding is NOT an acceptable technique. Obviously, the American military regards waterboarding as illegal because it constitutes torturing of prisoners.

Bush At It Again–Democrats Help Terrorism!

George Bush, who supposedly is president of the entire United States at a time of war, came out swinging against perfidious Democrats who are like the people who ignored the rise of Hitler and Lenin. Bush accused Democrats of stalling important legislation that would prevent terrorist attacks and giving a hard time to Michael Mukasey for attorney general. “Unfortunately, on too many issues, some in Congress are behaving as if America is not at war.” He is upset that Congress won’t give him power to eavesdrop on terrorist suspects. Those terrible Democrats are trying to “weaken our ability to intercept information from terrorists about potential attacks on the United States of America.”

It would help if George Bush ever actually read a history book. The Russian Revolution occurred toward the end of World War I and by 1920 Lenin was established as ruler of Russia. George, all the presidents of the United States from 1920-1932 were Republicans. During Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s, Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, took leadership in fighting Hitler while the REPUBLICAN PARTY ARGUED FOR AN ISOLATIONIST POLICY. It has been documented that President Bush received warnings about a potential attack on America in 2001, but chose to ignore the warnings. It is Bush who created the mess of Iraq, it is Bush who argues for the right to torture, it is Bush who believes this nation is not strong enough to be a democracy while fighting terrorism. Perhaps, the most bizarre aspect of his comments is that Republican Senators Arnold Spector, Lindsay Graham and John McCain have been demanding that Mukasey take a stand and state clearly “waterboarding” is torture. They have even indicated they might vote against his confirmation without such a statement. So, according to Bush, it’s all the fault of Democrats.