Thursday, November 01, 2007

Shouldn't they waterboard Mukasey to get him to answer?

I mean, either it’s a legitimate interrogation technique or it isn’t. And this guy is being interrogated, right? And he’s refusing to answer. And it’s a really important question to get an answer to right now, right?

So—why don’t they waterboard Judge Mukasey at the hearings? Live, in front of the Congress. Don’t get all bent out of shape; I can’t be the only one who’s thinking this.

I mean, Congress is the government; they’re sponsoring this stuff, too. And we need an answer, right away. Because—if it turns out he “does” think it’s torture, and he’s not saying so—well, you can’t let a US Attorney General lie to Congress so he can continue to help the administration sponsor torture, right? And if he “doesn’t” think it’s torture—no harm, no foul, right?

The point is: everyone agrees this is an effective way to get someone to talk. And he’s not talking. If there’s some question about whether this “controversial interrogation procedure” is torture—it seems to me this is the best way to get an answer out of this guy. You get experienced interrogation personnel in there, show Mukasey the equipment, ask him if he thinks it would be illegal for the government to do that to him. And if he really hasn’t made up his mind--he’ll make up his mind in no time, I guarantee you, once they get started on him. He’ll give you an answer in no time flat, probably the first time he comes up for air.

It’ll be instructive for the Congress and the voters to see how “the technique” works, too. Maybe it’s not as big a deal as everybody thinks it is, we should see for ourselves. I can’t be the only one who’s curious, and this guy’s as good a place to start as any, since he won’t talk.

The only remaining problem is that information given under torture is notoriously unreliable. So if he does say it’s torture after they start in on him, we can’t take his word for it. So, I don’t know. Maybe it’s a bad idea.

Anyway—on to lighter matters. This man is the next likely Prime Minister of Australia:

Australian laments ear wax eating video
1 hour, 15 minutes ago

CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's opposition leader lamented his past behavior on Wednesday, as images of him picking his ear wax in Parliament reached a growing audience via the Internet.

The embarrassing footage was captured by Parliament's official television camera at least six years ago as Kevin Rudd, then a junior Labor Party lawmaker, sat in the House Representatives listening to a colleague question a government minister.

Rudd, who is likely to become Australia's prime minister next month, is seen in the background absent-mindedly probing his left ear before apparently placing the same finger in his mouth.

That’s nothing, Australia. Here in America we’ve got tons of video footage of all public statements the Administration has made on the Iraq War. So this "eating earwax" thing is nothing, to us--we’ve been watching George W. Bush and Dick Cheney eat shit for the last four years.



At 12:26 PM, Blogger twitchy said...

ooh, ooh, and have Gonzales do the dirty deed ! Then EVERYONE will be HAPPY !

At 5:39 PM, Blogger Prendergast said...

You know, there have been guys who have volunteered to undergo waterboarding--to see what it's like?
American guys, I mean. People in our armed forces; at least one state department official.

They say it's like "drowning." That's what people who haven't been subjected to it say; so I don't know what the volunteers were hoping to find out.


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