Intelligence Chief Couches Reference to Waterboarding as 'Torture'For anyone who thinks I used sociopath as hyperbole I recommend you read the definition.
The nation's intelligence chief says that waterboarding "would be torture" if used against him, or if someone under interrogation was taking water into his lungs.
But Mike McConnell declined for legal reasons to say whether the technique categorically should be considered torture.
"If it ever is determined to be torture, there will be a huge penalty to be paid for anyone engaging in it," the director of national intelligence told the New Yorker in this week's issue, released today.
"If I had water draining into my nose, oh God, I just can't imagine how painful! Whether it's torture by anybody else's definition, for me it would be torture," McConnell told the magazine.
A spokesman for McConnell said the intelligence chief does not dispute the quotes attributed to him.
McConnell said the legal test for torture should be "pretty simple": "Is it excruciatingly painful to the point of forcing someone to say something because of the pain?"
CIA interrogators were given permission by the White House in 2002 to waterboard three prisoners deemed resistant to conventional techniques. The CIA has not used the technique since 2003; CIA Director Michael V. Hayden prohibited it in 2006.
Last summer, President Bush issued an executive order allowing the CIA to use "enhanced interrogation techniques" that go beyond what is allowed in the 2006 Army Field Manual. Waterboarding is among those techniques.
It perfectly describes bush, cheney and DNI McConnel's statements and actions. McConnell basically stated that if it was done on him it would be torture but when done on others it's not.
That's the definition of a sociopath. And bush has personally authorized this torture repeatedly.
And McConnell has categorically stated, just like bush, that the US doesn't torture.
They are lying.
Waterboarding is torture. The US has successfully prosecuted other non-Caucasians for employing it.
They also destroyed evidence of the torture, in a so far successful attempt to avoid prosecution for war crimes. Bush and McConnell and everyone else involved are just plain lying so as to avoid prosecution for war crimes. e.g. "Mike McConnell declined for legal reasons to say whether the technique categorically should be considered torture"
Cross posted at VidiotSpeak