U.S. Acknowledges Use of Waterboarding
By LARA JAKES JORDAN
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats demanded a criminal investigation into waterboarding by government interrogators Tuesday after the Bush administration acknowledged for the first time that the tactic was used on three terror suspects.
In congressional testimony Tuesday, CIA Director Michael Hayden became the first administration official to publicly acknowledge the agency used waterboarding on detainees following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Waterboarding involves strapping a suspect down and pouring water over his cloth-covered face to create the sensation of drowning. It has been traced back hundreds of years, to the Spanish Inquisition, and is condemned by nations around the world.
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At first the Bush administration denied it -- the U.S. does not use torture. Now it's finally out in the open -- it does.
What's sad about this is there's a segment of the population that will be all for this and won't find anything wrong with it at all. They will protest that the use of torture is a necessary tool in the War on Terror against enemies who would have no hesitations in using similar or worse methods on U.S. soldiers.
Human rights, international law, and the basic identity of the U.S. as a bastion of freedom, democracy, and rule of law be damned. Tacit approval of this, of course, is done on the assumption that it won't be them or their family member who will be on the receiving end of such treatment.
The last time I heard Bush considered himself a born-again Christian. Somehow I can't see a way to reconcile Christian ideals and values with torture and waterboarding.