Michael Mukasey, Rubber Stamp A.G.

Posted: October 26, 2007 in america, anti-truth, Bush, congress, legislation, police state, politics, torture

Earlier this week the Senate sat and listened to Michael Mukasey, nominee for Attorney General, split hairs and obfuscate in a desperate attempt to deny what everyone with half a brain already knows – that the so-called “intensive interrogation techniques” used by CIA and other American government operatives are, indeed, torture.

The questions the Senate committee asked related specifically to waterboarding, a torture technique used since the Spanish Inquisition to extract information from uncooperative prisoners (or more likely, just for the fun of it). When asked if waterboarding is constitutional, Mr. Mukasey said this:

”I don’t know what is involved in the technique,” Mr. Mukasey replied. ”If waterboarding is torture, torture is not constitutional.”

The questioner, Senator Whitehouse of R.I., correctly described this as semantics.

Mukasey also said in earlier questioning that the President’s function as Commander-in-Chief might allow him to supersede laws previously enacted by Congress.

This, of course, is complete and utter bullshit. The President’s job as Chief Executive is separate from his function as Commander-in-Chief, and as C.E. he is not above the law, he is merely the man who sees to it the laws are obeyed. No President has, or ever had, the authority or right to circumvent the law. Mr. Bush has exceeded his Constitutional authority and abused the rights and privileges of his office.

Waterboarding is torture, has always been torture, and will always be torture. Here’s a simple test to see if a particular “interrogation method” falls under that umbrella. I’ll keep it simple for any Conservative or Republican readers out there:

If we wouldn’t want our enemies to do it to our troops, it’s probably torture.

If Bush wouldn’t want his own children treated that way, it’s probably torture.

If you wouldn’t want your son or daughter treated that way, it’s probably torture.

If the Soviet Union did it, it’s torture.

If the Khmer Rouge did it, it’s torture.

If the North Koreans did it, it’s torture.

Just because we’re doing it, that doesn’t make it “not torture.”

How’s that sound? Simple enough for you?  Waterboarding is Torture.  Period.  End of discussion.  To suggest anything else is hair-splitting nonsense.  It’s not bullshit, it’s Bush-shit.

Mr. Mukasey has already demonstrated with his hair-splitting semantics that he is completely unqualified to be Attorney General. He claims the administration didn’t pressure him into giving that answer, but I find that hard to believe. He is clearly lacking the independence of thought and critical reasoning needed to be a truly effective A.G.

After Gonzales, the last thing we need in this country is yet another rubber-stamp for the Bush/Cheney agenda.


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