Would you put someone through water boarding to save your child? If yes, then you have no right to be against water boarding to save someone else's child.
As far back as the early cold war our country was putting our own troops through water boarding (and some worse things), so that they would be prepared if captured. Even in the boot camp "Light" that I went through in the Navy I experienced a gas chamber. I was made to yell my social security number while breathing in gas and I consider myself lucky. One guy had to sing Happy Birthday. http://usmilitary.about.com/od/navy/l/aanavybasic5.htm
The release of classified memos from the Bush administration by Obama is nothing but traitorous. Not only do our overseas enemies believe us weak, but now they know it. Even at our worst: we might slap a terrorist, make him stand naked in a small room with a caterpillar, and turn the lights off. Considering that they cut our heads off or drag our bodies through the streets, I'd say we let them off fairly light. http://www.moveabove.org/ What fear do they really have now?
Call it torture if you like, but it undeniably got results.
Why would they release the classified memo's without releasing the results? Could it be for political reasons, and not just the moral standpoint that is given?
The way I see it, which I get to voice since this is my blog. The new administration is looking to accomplish drastically different goals than what most Americans are used too. He wants to move our country into a weaker position in the world, which he hopes will bring us all to peace by way of everyone cooperating with us. He wants to move our country into a weaker position in the world, because his vision is drastically different from the country currently here. He knows the only way to change an establishment like this one is in incremental steps, that chip away small pieces at a time.
The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi knew about the torture (what should be called enhanced interrogation techniques) from high level briefings on the program. She has been caught in a lie. Moving ahead with prosecuting the lawyers of the former administration will be a witch hunt of conservatives. But, it will also open the door to the same rules of transparency for the liberals on capital hill. Somehow I doubt the ACLU, and other lawyers in DC will be lining up to prosecute.
The abstract warfare of today's battlefield calls for us to leave the outdated Geneva Conventions even if unilaterally. In a war where are ememies are ready and willing to die for their beliefs, how are we going to extract information? Would you go into a cage fight with one arm tied behind your back?
The only response given my 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, pre-enhanced interrogation techniques, was "you will soon find out". Afterwards, six major terrorists were captured and a major attack was thwarted in LA. If the CIA had not taken drastic measures, and the attack on LA happened, would the California liberals still be against enhanced interrogation? With a major building in their skyline destroyed, and thousands killed, I think they may have a different outlook. Since the attack didn't happen, the liberal populace of LA continues to live in ignorant bliss and sip their latte while shopping for overpriced chinese made handbags.
The literal (and twisted) translations of Islam are the problem, but whose problem is it? If Christianity were under attack by extremists, would we not as a society deal with the extremists in an aggressive manner? The people of Islam, if they truly love their religion, need to stand up to those in their own backyard. Otherwise, the next president may take the aggressive stance that seems to be overdue, and I don’t think that needs elaboration.
Some Islamic scholars try to change the meaning of the below Koran verse:
Sura 5:51 "O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people."
With the Muslim immigration rates climbing in Europe and North America, how can we co-exist if a great many Muslims take such a literal translation?
What sort of life will your children have under Sharia Law? Watch the video.