Above, Americans in Vietnam practice their water torture skills on another human being, which back in the olden days, they would have gotten in a lot of trouble for. (Well, maybe. Think of all the punishment Lt. Calley failed to receive for orchestrating the slaughter of hundreds of innocent civilians.)
OK, at least they might have felt bad about it.
That was then, this is now. Now, torture's as American as apple pie!
Dirty Bush somehow has rammed through his morally incorrect pro-torture bill, here.
Oh look. Lawless Bush has managed to undermine the foundation of our entire legal system, and is getting away with it. He's even repealed habeas corpus.
Well, that sure makes me mad enough to boil someone in oil!
Better yet, thanks to Preznit Toad-Exploder, America no longer cares about torture, really, because our frog-torturer president never felt anyone else's pain right from the get-go, did he? Some say that's kind of a sociopath thing, the utter lack of empathy thing.
The many classical forms of torture now made "legal" by Bush, with the apparent consent of McCain and rest of the morally incorrect, utter pussy Republicans:
Chinese water tortureYou get the picture. See, these forms of torture don't involve "serious" threat of death. Oh, and if you uninintentionally, accidentally cause serious bodily injury, that doesn't count, either. Same for cruel and inhuman treatment, too, because if it's accidental, it won't count. The ultra-"oops!" defense. Thank Yoo very much!
American "waterboarding" water torture
Bamboo slivers under the fingernails
Marinating people in excrement
Shame on all these Bushist fascist moral perverts.
But, well, I wouldn't want to think about the hefty cases of PTSD that will be coming down the road for our brave band of American torturers, even with their shiny new Bush-granted "legitimacy."
One feels sorry for them. The torturers will suffer for what they've done, not only in the next life, but in this one.
Ariel Dorfman, here.
Russian torture, here.
NY Times, here.