It seems that some in the Republican party have finally found something outside of your bedroom that they think the goverment can regulate effectively.
If you guess the credit card industry, you guessed wrong. Insurance industry? Wrong. CAFE standards? Wrong. What then could they be talking about? Hold on to your hats.
“Rendition” is where the United States hands over to other powers prisoners under its control in order that they may be interrogated in manners not consonant with American law; in short, we do it so that we can get information out of people who will not voluntarily talk to us after non-invasive means have been exhausted. This article in The Weekly Standard comes out against the practice; the problem being, in the view of the author (Reuel Marc Gerecht) that our failure to clearly delineate when and where we will apply stern interrogation measures leaves us vulnerable on both practical and moral grounds.
Torture leaves us ‘vulnerable’ on moral grounds. Who would have thunk it? Clearly, the way to firm up this ‘vulnerable’ moral ground is to ‘clearly delineate’ when we will use ‘stern interrogation methods.’
While I grant that there should be clear rules for when torture may be used, I disagree that we shouldn’t be transferring prisoners into the custody of other nations to force information out of them. On purely practical grounds, a Jordanian interrogator is more likely to get at the truth of the matter in interrogating an Arab terror suspect than we are because he’s native to the language and culture. Lots of nuances can be missed by someone who isn’t entirely immersed in the culture of the prisoner.
Or, on purely practical grounds, we could stop kicking linguists out of the military because they are gay. You are right, torture is easier.
I know I have exposed myself as a pinko communist liberal in the last few months, so you ‘good’ Republicans can just ignore this post. The rest of you- well, you can join me in a collective vomit session.
Torture- it is ok- if we regulate it. Really, it is for the kids.
Let’s hope the policy makers in DC don’t share these sentiments.
WTF is wrong with people?