March 5, 2016

Every time the topic of waterboarding makes the news, you can count on the Bush torture apologists to come crawling out of the woodwork.

As we discussed here, Donald Trump has been flip flopping on the topic ever since his comment during this week's Fox debate, where he said that he will ensure that his orders to conduct illegal torture on detainees would be followed.

Given the media's complicity with aiding and abetting the Bush administration and their illegal invasion of Iraq and the torture of the prisoners that followed, it's not surprising that they'd still be trotting out these warmongering neocons to defend their actions.

This Saturday on Fox's America's News Headquarters, it was former CIA director R. James Woolsey's turn:

WOOLSEY: You can make an argument both ways on waterboarding. Waterboarding is a tough interrogation method, but on the other hand we had journalists volunteering to be waterboarded so they could write better stories about it. One friend of mine did. And we have Navy seals and special forces waterboarded as part of their training routinely. You don't routinely pull the fingernails out of Navy seals, alright? […]

You don't do real torture as part of your training exercises, so there's an argument that waterboarding itself, there's a case to be made on each side of it, whether it could be called or should be called torture or not, but more extreme than waterboarding, killing families, I mean, come on. So he felt like saying that at one point and now he doesn't feel like it. Well, his feelings are irrelevant.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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