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Soldier Accused of Waterboarding 4-Year-Old Daughter

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Posted on Feb 8, 2010
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Police have charged an American soldier with assaulting his young daughter. Specifically, Joshua Tabor of Tacoma, Wash., is reported to have waterboarded his 4-year-old three or four times because she was afraid of water and had trouble with her ABCs.

New York Daily News:

Tabor, a soldier at the Lewis-McChord base in Tacoma, Wash., told police he held the little girl’s head backward in a sink of water, Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil told the the local newspaper, the Nisqually Valley News.

Stancil said Tabor had admitted to using this means of punishment three to four times.

Police found the little girl locked in a bathroom with bruises on her back and scratch marks on her neck and throat.

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By FRTothus, February 9, 2010 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

“What, sir, is the use of a militia? It is to
prevent the establishment of a standing army,
the bane of liberty.”
(Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, I Annals of Congress at 750 (August 17, 1789)

“When a government wishes to deprive its citizens
of freedom, and reduce them to slavery, it
generally makes use of a standing army.”
(Luther Martin, Maryland delegate to the Constitutional Convention)

By a declaration of rights, I mean one which shall
stipulate freedom of religion, freedom of the
press, freedom of commerce against monopolies,
trial by juries in all cases, no suspensions
of the habeas corpus, no standing armies. These
are fetters against doing evil which no honest
government should decline.
(Thomas Jefferson)

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By Samson, February 8, 2010 at 11:22 pm Link to this comment

“In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”
—Justice Louis Brandeis

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By gerard, February 8, 2010 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment

There are hundreds of soldiers who are coming back from horror but not coming out of it. The fancy name for this problem that is caused by training young men and women to kill is called Post Traumatic Stress Dissorder (PTSD) and the Bureau of Veterans’ Affairs doesn’t want to acknowledge it, has questionable to no treatment for it, even though it is effecting thousands of wives and children whose suffering is hidden in shame and fear.

This is a primary reason why wars must stop—utterly and entirely.  Other ways of solving pborlems must be found.  The human soul cannot withstand the brutalities of war, and these are the signs of the soul crying out in revolt. 

Shame on us for not recognizing this terrible illness and for not putting a stop to its cause.

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By no mans land, February 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment

I hate to say it, but he might have a case. He’s got the former Pres, VP, and Justice Dept all on record saying that it isn’t harmful.

If this doesn’t convince everyone that waterboarding is torture, nothing will.

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