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Friday, October 27, 2006

Cheney's Water Torture Views

US President George Bush has reiterated his position that the US administration does not condone torture, following comments by Vice President Dick Cheney. In a radio interview, Mr Cheney said the simulated drowning of terrorism suspects during questioning in order to save American lives was a "no-brainer". The conservative radio host, Scott Hennen, asked Mr Cheney if he agreed that "a dunk in water is a no-brainer" if it would unearth information of pending attacks and save lives. Mr Cheney replied: "Well, it's a no-brainer for me." He went on to say that he was not condoning torture but said you can have a robust interrogation programme without torture. He is assumed by human rights groups to have been referring to "water boarding" - a technique in which suspects are made to think that they are drowning.

This all comes from a man who helped engineer the war in Iraq so that his chums in Haliburton could make big bucks mopping up after the war. A man who thought that the oil in Iraq mattered more than anything else. A man who wanted war to save the United states petro-dollar from the maverick Saddam Hussein and his flirting with the euro. A man who is not above bending the rules to suit himself.

So George Bush is defending another nasty episode using the much tested Humpty Dumpty technique. Using words to mean what he wants them to mean! Wow!


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