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stress positions, hypothermia, threats to the detainee and his family, severe sleep deprivation, and severe sensory deprivation

These things are acceptable – at minimum – to be used on human beings deemed to be enemies of the state according to John McCain, presumptive Republican Nominee to the Presidency of the United States (of America, I think).  Threats to your family, if there is some reason to suspect you might be the enemy, are OK.  Threats, presumably to kill your children, presumably to rape your wife, presumably to destroy all those things you’ve devoted your life to.  These things are entirely appropriate, if you’ve been found by an arbitrary body to pose some hypothetical risk to the United States.

Waterboarding, on the other hand, is right out.  That is, of course, if the Administration keeps its solemn and here-to-fore unsullied word that they won’t use it.  If they don’t, thanks to his vote, there will be no legal protection for you under the law.  Whoopsies.

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Mukasey: Waterboarding “Unresolved” Issue

The Congress is coming at Attorney General Mukasey pretty hard, as well they should.  In an exchange with Senator Biden, Mukasey basically told the Senate that the Detention Act’s “shock the conscience” language is basically all relative to the reason for torturing; that there is no hard-and-fast definition of that mandate and therefore no solid way to say that waterboarding is illegal.  And anyway, he insists the CIA isn’t doing it anyway.

Dick Durbin tried again to pin him down, and this time, Mukasey basically told him that the Congress would need to pass an entirely new law that specifically forbade waterboarding.  Can you imagine that this is the state our nation has come to?  We need a law to prevent torture.  Then, by all means, let’s have the law.

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Ah. Like the Backstroke. Couldn’t be More Clear. . .

Just watch it.  Clear as crystal:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8aFtOLJdWM[/youtube]