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The Torture Song

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Posted by Fox News online. I'm thinking there's pretty much of a national consensus at this point. It seems the fringe neocon rightwingnuts and the Village Media are the only ones still defending torture or pretending that there's a rational argument in favor of it.

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Submitted by gob on

Jonathan Mann picked an amazing passage to set. It ends:

As we explained in the Section 2340A Memorandum, "pain and suffering" is best understood as a single concept, not distinct concepts of "pain" as distinguished from "suffering".

(Oh, suffering)

The waterboard, which inflicts no pain, or actual harm whatsoever, does not in our view inflict "severe pain or suffering." Even if one were to parse the statute more finely to treat suffering as a distinct concept the waterboard could not be said to inflict severe suffering. The waterboard is simply a controlled acute episode lacking the connotation of a protracted period of time generally given to suffering.

(Oh, suffering, oh.)

Thank you, Jonathan Mann.

Truly, this is a hellish passage. Is it possible to emigrate? From the human race?

Submitted by lambert on

rather like the financial crisis, in fact. Torturers abusing the captives being the factor common to both.