In a great move, the Senate just voted to make sure America doesn't torture people any longer.
Torture includes acts like waterboarding and rectal feeding, The Hill reported. The vote would amend interrogation methods, limiting the methods to those in the Army Field Manual. This manual would be updated every three years to ensure it was up to the standard of “current, evidence-based, [and] best practices for interrogation.” Under the new measure, the Red Cross would have prompt access to prisoners of the U.S. government.
As we all know, torture is abhorrent and ethically wrong and has not produced valuable intelligence in any way since BushCo. turned unqualified quacks into torture experts and allowed the CIA to use these tactics after 9/11. But that hasn't stopped Republicans from spreading lies about torture and its overall effectiveness. Senator Marco Rubio, who was too busy campaigning to cast a vote for this very important issue, sent out a ridiculous missive on the topic.
Rubio’s office said the senator missed the vote because he was campaigning in Florida.
As for the amendment, Rubio said in a statement: “I would have voted no on this amendment. I do not support telegraphing to the enemy what interrogation techniques we will or won't use.” He added that he doesn’t want to deny “future commanders in chief and intelligence officials important tools for protecting the American people and the U.S. homeland.”
Torture Does Not Keep Us Safe. Torture Is Not an important tool for a president. It's been a blight on our great country and until the these imbeciles stop promoting it, it always will be.
In the above video, John Oliver delivers a wonderful segment on the latest horrific polling on torture and how Americans view it.
"Nothing matter if we aren't safe..." There you go. That excuses any breach of human decency, law and norm. Because I hate to break the news to people, you will never be perfectly safe. We used to be a mature enough society to understand that. But now that we have the Daddy Party infantilizing us, a whole lot of Americans are so easily frightened they just want to suck their thumbs and hear a nice bedtime story about what good girls and boys they are.