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Al Qaeda’s Old-Fashioned Torture

Posted by Mike on May 24, 2007

Rewriting language is a cherished tradition in liberal circles. They use the tactic before elections to hide what they really believe from the American people. They use it to misrepresent their opponents’ policies to serve red meat to the freaks in their base. The tactic is so widely used that even the MSM takes part. One of the most infuriating examples of liberal newspeak is their characterization of conservative support of aggressive interrogation techniques as support of torture.

Most people once had a pretty clear idea of what constituted torture. However, this all changed once America went to war with a Republican in the White House. The need for political points required the left to carelessly throw around the term. By doing so, they effectively began to change the definition. With all due to respect to our liberal friends, I disagree with their definition. This is torture. Not putting underwear on someone’s head. Not sleep deprivation. Not humiliation.  Not discomfort.  This.

That’s not to say the U.S. should torture. The aggressiveness of interrogation techniques should increase or decrease in proportion to the imminence and severity of potential threats. Hypothetically speaking, waterboarding should not to be used to find out which detainee was snoring too loudly. On the other hand, our forces shouldn’t be too concerned with denying terrorists their full eight hours of sleep if there’s reason to believe we could obtain information about an impending terrorist attack. The acts at Abu Gharib were disturbing and uncalled for. They were not torture though. Overusing language does a disservice to the innocent people Al Qaeda wants to torture. And by torture, I mean torture.

It would be nice if the MSM would give Al Qaeda torture the same coverage it gave non-torture at Abu Gharib. Don’t hold your breath though. For an interesting read on what is torture and what is not, check out this excellent National Review editorial from 2005.

2 Responses to “Al Qaeda’s Old-Fashioned Torture”

  1. Chris said

    And let us not forget that repressive governments (Saddam’s Iraq), communist states (USSR, China, Cuba, etc), police states (Syria), fake democracies (Egypt, Iran) and dictatorial regimes (pick any one) that liberals like to put on a pedestal every now and then have no problem using torture…funny how the liberals forget to mention this.

    After watching “Day 6” of 24 each week for the past few months, it clearly gives its viewers a reminder of how far the enemy is willing to go and the methods it will use…funny how the liberals forget about this, too.

  2. Ryan said

    The topic of the day at work has been Gitmo since Tom Harkin’s people have a petition out there asking to close it down. On this point, I think we need our enemies to believe that our prisons suck. Gitmo is, of course, America’s tropical retreat from the stress of jihad (thanks Rush for all the laughs!). But if they think it’s bad, then all the better for us.

    We do not torture like al Qaeda, Saddam, the Iranians, the Egyptians, the Saudi’s and the Jordanians torture, but roughing up a prisoner in creative and productive ways should be our goal, especially if there’s actionable intelligence on terrorist plots. Plus, read the Geneva Conventions: they don’t cover terrorists… on purpose!

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