Paraphrasing Cliff May on Jon Stewart, sincerely and not in the satirical ‘shorter’ style:
The so-called “torture memos” are actually anti-torture documents. They accomplish this because they establish a bright, shining line that we must not, under any circumstances, cross.
Emptywheel captured this key point from Stephen Bradbury’s 2005 memo.
…where authorized, it may be used for two “sessions” per day of up to two hours. During a session, water may be applied up to six times for ten seconds or longer (but never more than 40 seconds). In a 24-hour period, a detainee may be subjected to up to twelve minutes of water appliaction. See id. at 42. Additionally, the waterboard may be used on as many as five days during a 30-day approval period.
Needless to say, waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times in one month broke even the insane guidelines of Stephen Bradbury’s memo. Id est, even according to Cliff f*cking May America went too far.
What ever. I am so sick of these people. My uncle declared the other day that we should not prosecute torture because it would “tear the country apart”, and he was confident that America would never torture again. If prosecuting torture would ‘tear the country apart’, that pretty much takes for granted that a lot of people think that America should use torture.
Thus, the next time someone to the crazyward of Obama wins office torture will come right back. Every country always faces one existential threat or another. The only meager chance we have is if future George W. dumbasses think that the next guy might prosecute them for it.
Anyhow, here’s the vid.