While praying for the sweet release only death can bring this evening, I watched ABC World News Tonight, which only reminded me why I don't typically watch ABC World News Tonight.
ABC reporter Brian Ross had yet another segment on the alleged use of torture by the CIA, focusing specifically on the practice of waterboarding.
What was so interesting about the segment is that, with the exception of clips from a Charlie Gibson interview with CIA Director Porter Goss, no one stood up to defend the CIA's practices, or even to argue that waterboarding is not torture. Instead, Ross laid out a case that waterboarding is quite obviously torture, using a human rights activist and some professor from a podunk college in Oregon as evidence that waterboarding is really, really bad.
What's worse, ABC used two cases where U.S. soldiers were disciplined for waterboarding prisoners-- first in Vietnam, then way back during the Spanish-American War-- to insinuate that the United States has always known that waterboarding was "wrong." The only problem with these cases, as was immediately obvious to me, was that they both involved actions taken against uniformed prisoners of war, who are protected from such techniques, whereas an unlawful combatant is not. Of course, ABC could then pull that sweater thread and argue that unlawful combatants should be treated the same as POWs, but that's a whole 'nother argument.
But hey, we mustn't treat these murderers harshly. Why, if we waterboarded them, we'd be treating them. . . exactly like we treat our own men and women in uniform!
This posting was made on my personal computer.