It turns out that not everyone shares my anti-torture by the US government stance. One example of this is the local political blog focusing on national issues: PowerlineBlog.com. They not only don’t says that torture is wrong, but they’ve actively defend torturing people in multiple blog posts:
Powerline has more than one writer, so it would be unfair to say that ALL writers at Powerline Blog are pro-torture. To be fair, let’s break it out:
John Hinderaker, June 26, 2008:
The Democrats sought to advance the view that waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was a crime on a par with the Holocaust, whereas I, for one, think that waterboarding is exactly the right technique for interrogating terrorists: it takes only two or three minutes, is almost always effective, and does no harm to the terrorist.
Paul Mirengoff, September 29 ,2006, In Defense of Waterboarding:
David Adesnik says he became very, very angry when I referred to Senators McCain, Graham, etc as “the terrorist rights wing of the Republican party.” I’m sure it makes me at least as angry that McCain and Graham have placed sparing Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and Zacarias Moussaoui from two minutes of anguish ahead of saving the lives of thousands of innocent people. Perhaps I should start calling McCain and Graham the leaders of the “security endangerment wing” of their party.
Scott Johnson, May 15, 2009, on the lack of a specific mention of waterboarding being illegal justifying waterboarding:
McCarthy pauses here to note that the Spanish Inquisition lacked a torture statute, as did the United States until 1994, and that to this day federal torture law leaves waterboarding unmentioned.
Hmmm, maybe it is fair to say that all writers at PowerlineBlog.com are, indeed, pro-torture? It sure looks that way based on what they’ve written over the past few years.
Here’s another Paul Mirengoff pro-torture quote that’s too pathetic to not reblog:
McCain, by contrast, has allied himself with the Dems on nearly a full spectrum of issues — everything from tax cuts, to free speech, to immigration, to energy and environmental policy, to judicial nominations (in that case the outreach was limited to moderate Dems). Even when it comes to the war on terror, McCain made common cause with the liberals in opposing effective terrorist interrogation techniques, notably waterboarding.
Mirengoff comes across as a sadistic single-issue voter based on whether or not a candidate has a pro-torture platform. John McCain, a man who has been tortured, is clearly soft on torture by Paul Mirengoff’s standards.
I do have to give PowerlineBlog.com credit for one thing though: They are consistent. Consistently wrong. But still, consistent.