Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Quote of the Week

“In all the discussion of John McCain’s recently recovered memory of a religious epiphany in Vietnam, one thing has been missing. The torture that was deployed against McCain emerges in all the various accounts. It involved sleep deprivation, the withholding of medical treatment, stress positions, long-time standing, and beating. Sound familiar?

“According to the Bush administration’s definition of torture, McCain was therefore not tortured. …

“No war crimes were committed against McCain. And the techniques used are, according to the president, tools to extract accurate information. And so the false confessions that McCain was forced to make were, according to the logic of the Bush administration, as accurate as the ‘intelligence’ we have procured from ‘interrogating’ terror suspects. Feel safer?” -- Andrew Sullivan, Atlantic Monthly

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