Sunday, October 29, 2006

Orwellian Doublespeak?

I have posted the link to VP Cheney's interview re water boarding which is on the web site of the Whitehouse. Judge for yourself. Apparently, simulated drowning is not a torture technique in the mind of the VP.

What else would not be considered torture if the goal is to "save lives?" This from the man who still owns stock in the Halliburton Corporation and before he "retired" from the Halliburton Corp. to occupy the Vice Presidency was given upwards of $30M by Halliburton for his 4 years of service. Hmmm...I wonder if that act would qualify as buying and interest in the rebuilding of Iraq----only if Halliburton were given contracts to regbuild Iraq, of course. Oh, that's right, they were given contracts by this Administration to rebuild Iraq.

Q: Would you agree a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: It's a no-brainer for me, but for a while there, I was criticized as being the Vice President "for torture." We don't torture. That's not what we're involved in. We live up to our obligations in international treaties that we're party to and so forth. But the fact is, you can have a fairly robust interrogation program without torture, and we need to be able to do that.

And thanks to the leadership of the President now, and the action of the Congress, we have that authority, and we are able to continue to program.

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