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Cheney Appears to Confirm Waterboarding Use

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Posted on Oct 26, 2006
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The USA show “The 4400” featured this dramatized depiction of “waterboarding,” in which victims are made to feel as though they are drowning. Vice President Dick Cheney apparently just confirmed the long-suspected belief that American interrogators used (and perhaps continue to use) this practice in an attempt to extract information from Al Qaeda suspects.

In an interview with a conservative radio talk show host, the vice president apparently confirmed that U.S. interrogators waterboarded Al Qaeda suspects.


McClatchy:

Vice President Dick Cheney has confirmed that U.S. interrogators subjected captured senior al-Qaida suspects to a controversial interrogation technique called “water-boarding,” which creates a sensation of drowning.

Cheney indicated that the Bush administration doesn’t regard water-boarding as torture and allows the CIA to use it. “It’s a no-brainer for me,” Cheney said at one point in an interview. Cheney’s comments, in a White House interview on Tuesday with a conservative radio talk show host, appeared to reflect the Bush administration’s view that the president has the constitutional power to do whatever he deems necessary to fight terrorism.

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By Mike Bailey, October 28, 2006 at 6:15 am Link to this comment
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Why do so many people refuse to believe that VP Cheney approves of torturing detainees. 30 years ago when he was White House Chief of Staff for President Ford, he and Sec of Defense Donald Rumsfeld approved of using enlisted military member is chemical weapons and drug experiments at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland until they were stopped by the release of this IG Report from the Army http://www.nap.edu/books/030904832X/html/378.html  and then this study from the Institute of Medicine shows how that in FY 2000 the government learned that 40% of these men were presumed dead 2098 of them and of the 4022 survivors, that 54% of them were disabled and never bothered to explain why http://www.iom.edu/CMS/3795/4913/5842.aspx

Given the fact they don’t care about abusing this nations soldiers three decades ago why is it hard to make the jump to water boarding and using dogs on prisoners in their older age? It’s not beneath them is it?

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By joey, October 27, 2006 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment
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If Cheney gave the dems anymore gifts he would be traitor. Yet the dems can’t do anything.
What is it going to take? Cheney openly promotes torture. He promotes radioactive bombs in congress and sells them abroad . He supresses all info from iraq. (remember the ammo explosion on Monday). He destroys the constitution with the NSA. He is proud of all his mass murders in Iraq.

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By Al, October 27, 2006 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment
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Well, obviously Tony is a dumbass without the ability to put together a coherent sentence or have a coherent thought, much like the president he supports.  Solid proof that dumb people feel comfortable with a dumb president because he’s dumb just like they are. How easy it has been for Bush, and Cheney (and Tony) to destroy the values that have been America’s redeeming quality.  If these idiots can pass for patriots, we are in sad shape.  It’s time to throw the bums out and return America to the values of decency and integrity that we should stand for.

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By CHUCK LEONE, October 27, 2006 at 9:39 am Link to this comment
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AMERICA WANTS THE TRUTH!
WATER-BOARD CHENEY/BUSH!

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By Damiana, October 27, 2006 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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torture is something we as intelligent and compassionate humans must object to with our loudest voices. we have just passed a law stating that anyone can be an enemy combatant. Under this status you have no right to know what you are being charge. You will be held indefinatly…think about this then think about the vice president saying water boarding is a no brainer. this man has heart problems because he has no heart. don’t join his club. don’t support torture, support the return of our civil right!!! Damiana

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By Herman, October 27, 2006 at 7:32 am Link to this comment
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The grammar and spelling in Tony’s comments are indicative of the intelligence level of someone who would agree with waterboarding.

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By DonQ, October 26, 2006 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment
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1. The blow back is not worth the torture. We loss respect in the eyes of the world when torture and that it more difficult to recuit agents in parts of the world that are hostile to us.

2. Information gained under torture is generally unreliable, because the tortured will say anything for momentary releif.

3. It’s illegal.

4. It’s unhuman.

5. It brings us to “their level.”

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By Allen Albrecht, October 26, 2006 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment
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When I was younger,I thought that the Russian’s, and the Japanese, and Nazi’s were the people who tortured people without even a trial, I was naive enough to think that we were better than them.I thought that we always held the moral high ground.
  I am saddened to learn differently.

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By Bukko in Australia, October 26, 2006 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s stop calling it “waterboarding.” That sounds like something a surfie would do off Bondi Beach. The technique actually involves putting a plastic bag over someone’s head and pouring water on it so they can’t breathe. They smother. It’s “drowning on dry land.” But that’s not a short enough catch-phrase. “Smother-bagging” calls it what it is. You think that’s a loaded phrase? Well, “water-boarding” is an UNLOADED phrase. Tell me, which comes closer to the truth?

As for people like Tony, do you want U.S. soldiers to start cutting off prisoners’ heads? You still want to say the U.S. is “fighting for deocracy”? Or do you want to say “The U.S. is a sick, savage nation. We are just the same as the people I hate.”

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By TERRY, October 26, 2006 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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we’ve killed our share of innocent civilians too tony. should we stoop to the level of criminals ?
or be a possitive member of this world of contries.

the us and the free world has a history of prosecuting “water boarding” as a war crime.

us generals in veitnam condemed “water boarding”
as illegal under the geneva convention.

we are not trying to decide if it’s moral or not,
we are deciding if it is LEGAL.

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By felicity, October 26, 2006 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment
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No surprises from Mr. Cheney.  Last year he said about torture, “We have to work the dark side.”  Must be a fantasy that he enjoys because it never elicits viable information.  In fact, it surpresses it.

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By Otto, October 26, 2006 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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Tony,almost eveyone around the world up and screaming when they cut the head off of a innocent civilian.Even liberals and Muslims.Ask around Tony,I’m certain you will find that you are incorrect.“I agree with the use of waterboard.  It is a proven method.” Killing terrorist’s children would most likely prove effective,do you propose we do this,Tony? Just because a certain method or interrogation is effect doesn’t mean we should use it.

“When you are fighting a ruthless cowardly enemy you have to stoop to there level sometimes.“An eye for an eye,aye Tony?If you propose killing innocents like our enemies does,you are no better than they.

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” -Benjamin Franklin

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By solver, October 26, 2006 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment
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waterboarding is one of those lines we drew in nuremberg defining civilization. so if cheney and ” tony ” like it so much, let them do it to each other for the crime of advocating it.
fuck both of you guys-I’m going to see to it that you pay for your acting on your uncivilized opinion.

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By Patriot LRA, October 26, 2006 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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The “no-brainer” to Cheney is offensive to my consience as an American.  How long are we going to tolerate our government lowering the standards of what is right and wrong?  There is no accountability in our government!  Our country’s leadership has stooped to the lowest lows in our history. 

I think that Cheney should have a sit down with John McCain and ask him what the torture he endured from the Viet Cong did for his moral and the moral of all soldiers and all people who understand the difference between right and wrong. 

The no-brainer for me is to get rid of this administration and show the world that we are still the greatest country in the world, because when we make mistakes we admit our error(s) and we clean them up.  That is the America I know and love.

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By tony, October 26, 2006 at 10:58 am Link to this comment
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I agree with the use of waterboard.  It is a proven method.  Why should we care what our goverment uses and the rules at which we obey.  is there anyone around the world up and screaming when the cut the head off of a innocent civilian.  When you are fighting a ruthless cowardly enemy you have to stoop to there level sometimes.

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By solver, October 26, 2006 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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then waterboard him.

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