Dear Future Generations. In the 2000’s, we had a president from Texas who’s international crime fighting policy was basically this:
1. Offer bounties to people living in poverty who are willing to turn in other 3rd world living humans in exchange for cash.
2. Torture the captives to find out if they actually know anything.
3. Don’t allow the tortured to have trials where they could explain the circumstances that led to their capture, how they’ve been tortured, and that they’d like to get back to herding sheep now.
This president managed to scare enough crap out of the public that they were willing to go along with his pro-torture policies.
In fact, it became patriot to be scared.
Yes, we were the most powerful country in the world, but our president’s power came from keeping citizens living with a sense of fear.
Fear allowed the government to carry out known forms of torture on humans with full knowledge of the public. The government managed to convince the public that torturing fellow humans was justifiable. It got to the point that major national news channels like FOX News actually debated whether a torture technique called waterboarding was really torture.
Is waterboarding torture?
Try it on yourself to find out.
That’s what this guy did. Keep in mind that he was in complete control in this situation. He wasn’t locked up in a razorwire jail thousands of miles from home where he wasn’t allowed to see a lawyer.
This is a guy with a weight bench in his home who attempted to simulate waterboarding on himself to see what he could learn from that:
So, is it torture?
I’ll put it this way. If I had the choice of being waterboarded by a third party or having my fingers smashed one at a time by a sledgehammer, I’d take the fingers, no question.
It’s horrible, terrible, inhuman torture. I can hardly imagine worse. I’d prefer permanent damage and disability to experiencing it again. I’d give up anything, say anything, do anything.
The Spanish Inquisition knew this. It was one of their favorite methods.
It’s torture. No question. Terrible terrible torture. To experience it and understand it and then do it to another human being is to leave the realm of sanity and humanity forever. No question in my mind.
Your tax dollars at work.
It’s worth clicking through to read his full experiment and reactions to the varying degrees of waterboard torture my 2004 Bush supporting friends endorsed by re-electing our torturer in chief.
Alberto Gonzales, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, George W Bush, and everyone who voted for this group in 2004 should run their own self-torture tests to get a feel for the inhumane treatment they’ve authorized.