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Intelligence Institute Study shows Fox News viewers have an IQ that is 20 points lower than the U.S. National average

Republicans Maintain Majority in the House due to Gerrymandering, NOT Democracy

A Drunken Moon-Bat Romney Supporter Looses Her Mind When Obama Wins

Mitt Romney Disguises Campaign Events as "Storm Relief"

Right Wing Propaganda and Lies Claim MORE Victims: Man Kills Family and Self at Thought of Second Obama Term

Republican Platform Calls for a Constitutional Amendment Banning All Abortions - With No Exception for Rape or Incest

What a Surprise! Dumb-ass CONS say they "built it all on their own" - with the help of MILLIONS of dollars in subsidies and loans courtesy of WE THE PEOPLE, of course

Another Surprise! Ron Paul Decries the Social Security System While Simultaneously Sucking on its Teat

16 Billionaires Want to Install their Puppet President Romney so they can Rape, Plunder & Pillage America Unfettered by Pesky Government

CONS Traditionally Use the BIG Government They Pretend to Loathe to Repress the Powerless & Underprivileged. Why Do Conservatives Hate Freedom?

CONS Are "Low-Effort Thinkers"... In Other Words, When Effortful, Deliberate Thought is Disengaged, Endorsement of Conservative Ideology Increases.

Despite Public Proclamations, The Bush Crime Family KNEW that Waterboarding is Torture, But Ordered It Anyway - Then Ordered All The Memos Where They Were Warned Not To Torture Be Destroyed

Alaska State Rep. Alan Dick Says He Would Advocate for Criminalizing Women Who Have an Abortion Without the Written Permission of the Man who Impregnated Her.

Mississippi Republicans Seek To Ban Liberal History In Social Studies Courses

Teabag Hypocrites Decry the System while Simultaneously Sucking on it's Teat

Arkansas Democratic Campaign Manager Comes Home To Find Child’s Cat Murdered, ‘LIBERAL’ Written On Dead Body

Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall (R - OF COURSE) Says Children with Disabilities are God’s Punishment to Women who Previously had Abortions.

Romney Thinks Only Rich People Should Run For Office

Poor Women have No Lobbyists so Scott Walker Cuts Cancer Screenings For Uninsured Women, Offers No Alternatives

Gingrich's Tax Plan Would Give The Rich MORE Mad Money to Corrupt the System

Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS PAC Uses Wall Street Money to Attack Elizabeth Warren as Being in Bed with Wall Street

Bloomberg’s Girlfriend Was Paid $109,954 In 2009 By The Tax-Dodging Owners Of Zuccotti Park

Scott Walker Unveils Policy To Have Protesters Pay Police, Cleanup Costs

Michele Bachmann Says A Gay Man Can Get Married, But Only To A Woman (Like Her Husband Did)

Michele Bachmann Says If You Are Unemployed, You Should Starve

The Elite are Getting Nervous... Lobbying Firm's Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street

Repug Tax Plan Would Eliminate Deductions that SPECIFICALLY Target the Middle Class While Leaving their Buddies in the Top 1% Reaping their Windfall Profits

Bloomberg Evicts OWS Under Media Blackout - "For the Press' Protection" - Tyrants ALWAYS Perpetrate Their Crimes in the Name of the Security of the People

Bill O'Reilly's Lincoln Book Barred From Ford’s Theatre Bookstore for Plethora of Factual Errors - so Naturally O'Reilly Says it's All the Fault of His "Enemies"

Study Reveals Faux News Discusses - and DISMISSES - Climate Change the Most

Teabaggers Plot to Burn, Shred, and Sabotage Scott Walker Recall Effort

Eric Cantor Cancels a Speech on "Income Inequality" (in which he would focus on "how we make sure the people at the top stay there") Once He Found Out the Unwashed Masses Would be in Attendance.

They Hate Them For Their Freedom! A Tax Cut Terrorist Repug Want to Go "Taliban" on The Occupy Wall Street Protesters

"We Are the 53%" : Without A Sense of Irony, Dumb, Stockholm-Syndrom-Suffering CONservatives Cheer Their Subjugation

CON Agent Provociteaurs are Infiltrating the 99% Movement - Their Rich Daddy Masters Must Be Very Nervous

Can We Arrest Them Now? A Bloomberg Markets investigation has found that Koch Industries Paid Bribes, Traded With a Recognized Sponsor of Global Terrorism (Iran), Stole Oil on Federal Land (OUR Land) &... of Course, Lied to Authorities.

When The Minimum Wage Is Too Low It Not Only Impoverishes Productive Workers, It Weakens The Key Consumer Demand At The Heart Of Our Local Economy... SO Republicans On Fox News Say Minimum Wage Should Be $3/Hr.

Mitt Romney Wants the Small People to Believe that his $250 Million Makes Him a Genuine Member of “the Great Middle Class.” You See, America. Republicans Really ARE "In Touch" with the Commoners They're Subjugating!

In Waje if Record Natural Disasters, Tax Cut Terrorist Republicans Tax Disaster Relief Hostage

National Shame: More Evidence the 30 Year Republican Mission to Turn the Economically-Vibrant, Post-New Deal, American Middle Class into "CHEAP LABOR" has Turned America into a Third World Nation

Republican Crime Family Omertà: Darrell Issa Won't Investigate News Corp’s Alleged Hacking Of 9/11 Victims - He Don’t Want To Pick On "The Media"

Alan Grayson Was Right - The Republican Greed-Centered Health Plan for the Unemployed is: DIE QUICKLY

Well Fed Lord Governor Chris Christie Keynotes a Super-Secret, Ultra-Exclusive Gathering of Right Wing Corporate Barons & Billionaires as the Plot the Overthrow of the United States Government

Filthy War Criminal Dick Cheney Boasts on National Television About Committing the Crimes Our Grandparents Once Prosecuted Our Enemies For

"Freedom-Loving" GOP Congressmen Put Constituents Who Asked Tough Questions On A ‘Watch List’

Set your clocks again! ANOTHER anti-gay Repug caught in the act of being himself -GAY

In Hurricane Irene's Wake, Republican Promise to Hold FEMA Funds Hostage

Repug Rep. Hultgren Draws Laughs At Town Hall With Plan To Beg, Not Require, Rich To Pay More Taxes

Data Shows Americans Dislike Teabaggers More Than Much Maligned "Muslims" & "Atheists"... & Rather Than Being Non-Partisan Political Neophytes Concerned About "Big Government" - Teabaggers Are White, Racist, Republican, & Want to Turn the U.S. into a Theocracy.

Nearly 10 Years Ago Today, The U.S. Began Borrowing Billions To Pay For The Bush Tax Cuts

Mitch McConnell: We Must Rewrite The Constitution Because ‘Elections’ Haven’t ‘Worked’... Meaning... the People Still Have SOME Say in the Matter

Paul Ryan & His CON Co-Conspirators Sip $350 Bottles of Wine While Plotting the Destruction of the Middle Class

Documents Obtained By Gawker From The Nixon & Bush Presidential Libraries Reveal Roger Ailes Plot To Create GOP Propaganda Channels

Republican Propaganda Has Most Americans Convinced That We Can Cut Our Way To Prosperity

Joshua Treviño, Formerly a Speechwriter in The Bush Administration, is Openly Calling for a Foreign Government to Massacre American Flotilla Activists

Michelle Bachmann wants the People of Waterloo, Iowa to Rest Assured That She's Channeling a Celebrated Resident, John Wayne. Trouble is... John Wayne Gacy the Serial Killer Was from Waterloo... Not the Hollywood Icon

Typical CON Hypocrite Michelle Bachmann Decries Socialism While Reaping $250K in Federal Farm Subsidies

One Person's "American Exceptionalism" is Another Person's "American Disgrace." Man Robs Bank For 1 Dollar to Get Health Care in Prison

Whatdaya Know?! Paul Ryan's Budget Not Only Benefits Big Oil, But Paul Ryan's Own Personal Investments... Proving Once Again that Republicans Only Seek Public Office to Benefit Themselves & Their Well-Connected Buddies

Palin Sycophants Desperately Weave Disjointed Historical Moments with Outright Fiction to Try and Convince Normal (non-Republican) Society that Sister Sarah is Not as Stupid as She Actually is.

John Boehner Fights Foreclosure Relief As Housing Crisis Ravages His District - More Proof Republicans Work for the Banksters, Not the People.

Tell Us Something We Don't Know- New study: You can't live on minimum wage

Palin Sycophants are now Trying to Rewrite the Paul Revere Wikipedia Page to fit in with their Reich Wing Diva's Revisionist History

Madison Avenue Declares the former Middle Class, now Working Poor - Irrelevant

Faux Business Channel runs week-long assault on our social safety net called "Takers & Makers" - protecting the REAL parasites - the rich Oligarchs who suck profit from American labor without paying their fair share towards a society that works for EVERYONE - not just those born with a trust fund like the Koch Brothers.

Faux Business Channel runs week-long assault on our social safety net called "Takers & Makers" - protecting the REAL parasites - the rich Oligarchs who suck profit from American labor without paying their fair share towards a society that works for EVERYONE - not just those born with a trust fund like the Koch Brothers.

FIRST they came for the teachers - Repugs turn American's schoolteachers today's mythical "welfare queen"

CONS post threats against 16-year-old H.S. sophomore who challenged "Crazy Eyes" Bachmann to a debate

John Boehner visits his masters on Wall Street and regales them with a plethora of GOP lies - in other words - it was just another Monday

WRONG AGAIN Repugs: "Government Motors" reaps a 3.2 BILLION dollar profit in 1st Quarter

Rank and file Republicans playfully share with each other which liberals they would like to torture

Sarah Palin thanks Bush by name, but not Obama, in her speech about bin Laden’s death

Joe Scarborough says Obama’s Base Didn’t Want Him To Catch Bin Laden Despite the Fact It Was a Campaign Promise

The Reich Wing appendages to big business on the Supreme Court have struck another blow to "We The People" forcing Americans to surrender their rights to file class-action lawsuits & effectively removing incentives for corporations to behave within the law.

Wall Street Front Group Loading Up Conservative Activists With Soft Ball Questions For GOP Town Halls

FINALLY, Republicans are being proactive about addressing climate change - Gov. Rick Perry Issues Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas

Blood for Oil! Documents Reveal Talks Between Government and Oil Giants BEFORE Invasion of Iraq

"Small Government" Rethugs Dissolve City Governments While Forcing Michigan Teachers Forced To Rely On Food Stamps

Paul Ryan Dodges Question Regarding Why He's a Hypocrite Who Voted For Two Unfunded Wars, Unfunded Tax Cuts, and Unfunded Corporate Giveaways During Bush, While Pretending To Be Fiscally Conservative Today

Filthy Over-Privileged Sociopaths at Faux News Mock Food-Stamp Recipients Their Policies Create

Marilyn Davenport, Teabagger & member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party, Sends Racist Obama Email to Other Totally Not-Racist CONS... To Show How Hilarious Non-Racist Teabaggers Can Be

Utah Republicans Cut Unemployment Insurance As ‘Motivation For People To Get Back To Work’

Koch Industries Employs PR Firm To Airbrush Wikipedia, Gets Banned For Unethical ‘Sock Puppets’ ’

People Stand All Night In The Cold To Get Free Medical Care here in the United States of Serfs and Lords

Paul Ryan's Budget is Nothing But Ideologically-Based Crap

Another reason why we have to go back to a top marginal tax rate of 90% - Trump Conducting Hawaii Investigation Into Obama's Birthplace

Republican Budget Kills Medicare and Social Security

Maine Republicans Sponsor Bill to Roll Back Child Labor Laws with the Added Bonus of Paying the Children $2 Below Federal Minimum Wage

Convicted Felon Oliver North (Who Enabled an ILLEGAL War in Strict Defiance of Congress) Is Angry That Obama Didn't Get Congress' Approval On Libya

Glenn beck: "the world is about to be plunged into complete and utter darkness, despair, famine," and I'll be starting up my own TV network."

Flip Flop! Flip Flop! Flip Flop! Gingrich Slams Obama For Not Acting in Libya, Then Slams Him For Acting

'Broke Wisconsin' Gave State Senator Randy Hopper's Mistress a Job

Faux News "Journalists" Spend Most of Their Time in their Hotel Rooms, Then Report a Pack of Lies... and CNN's Nic Robertson Calls Them Out For It.

KS GOP State Rep. Compares Undocumented Immigrants To Pigs, Suggests Shooting Them From Helicopters

NH GOP Senator Says The Mentally Ill Are ‘Defective People’ That Should Be Shipped Off To Siberia

Kudlow 'Grateful' that Human Toll in Japan Earthquake was Worse than Economic Toll - How Repug of Him!

Wall Street Front Group President Sneers At Protesters, Says Public Servants Are Paid Too Much

House Repugs More Anti-Science Than Ever

Republican Shock Doctrine power grab at it's most disgusting. Michigan Repugs use Financial Crisis as Excuse to Pass a Bill Allowing the Gov to INSTALL Flunkies Overrule Elected officials, Abolish Union Contracts, & Dissolve City Councils & School Boards

Limbaugh/Hannity Parent Company Admits Hiring Actors to Call Radio Shows to Give the Class War that Seaming "Average Joe" Stamp of Approval

Texas Teabagger Rep. Debbie Riddle Wants to Fine & Jail Employers of Undocumented Workers - Except if the Undocumented Worker is "Household Help"

Asked If Bank Of America Paying Nothing In Corporate Taxes Is Fair, Pawlenty Responds: Taxes Are ‘Too High’

Report by Bastion of Liberal Ideology - Goldman Sachs - says GOP Budget Cuts Would Hurt U.S. Economy

Sarah Palin Has Secret ‘Lou Sarah’ Facebook Account To Praise Other Sarah Palin Facebook Account

Whackadoodle Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin Repug Rep Wants Police To Investigate All Miscarriages

Anti-Worker WI Governor Hosni Walker Was Bankrolled into Power by Trust Fund Billionaire Koch Brothers

House GOP wants Americans to Choke to Die Quickly... as They Seek to Nullify the EPA

Who's the Jabber Jaw That Tipped Him Off? Bush Cancels Visit To Switzerland Due To Threat Of Torture Prosecution

Repug Gov. Rick Perry Relied Most Heavily On Recovery Act Funds To Fill Budget Hole While Simultaneously Bashing the Recovery Act - How Typically Hypocritically Repug!

So Much for "Impartial" Justice: Antonin Scalia Attends Michele Bachmann's Tea Party

Republican Circle Jerk Theater Health Care Repeal Vote Passes House

Mike Lee: Federal Child Labor Laws Are Unconstitutional. How Repug of him!

Surprise, Surprise! Right-Wing Libertarian Internet Trolls Getting Paid to Dumb Down Online Conversations

Tom DeLay Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison

Republican-Controlled Congress Disbands 4-Year-Old Global Warming Committee

So Much for Transparency! Republicans Block Congressional Health Care Disclosure

CBO: Health Care Repeal Would Up Deficit By $230 Billion

Tell Us Something We Don't Know- Study Concludes Conservatives Are Fear-Based Cowards

Hoping to Deflect Rage From the Republicans on Whom It Belongs, Newt Gingrich Blames Nation's Problems On Unemployed People

House Republicans Want Little Girls to Get Raped

Holy Obvious! Study Concludes Fox News Viewers Are The Most Misinformed

Repug Hypocrite Senators Cornyn and Thune Publicly Oppose Earmarks While PRIVATELY Requesting Them

Rep. Jon Kyl Reaps $200 Million in Earmarks While Publicly Denouncing Earmarks. How Very Repug of Him!

Fox News Posts Onion Obama Story Amid Real News

Pot, Meet Kettle: Deficit commission’s Simpson calls US seniors the ‘greediest generation’

Proving That We Can Only Expect Grunts from Piglets - Palin Daughters Tweet Homophobic Slurs

In The United States of Serfs and Lords, Your Reward Comes In Heaven: Deficit Commission Recommends Cutting Social Security, Medicaid & Raising Retirement Age While Advocating MORE Tax Giveaways For The Rich

Right-Wing ‘Journalists’ At Secret Koch Meeting Make A Living Defending Unlimited Corporate Political Money

HYPOCRITE Republicans Beg For Funds In Private Letters from the Stimulus Plan they Vociferously Opposed in Public

All Men Are Created Equal? HELL NO in Repug World! Rush Limpballs Says That Some People Were Born to Be Slaves

John Boehner's Republicans Fight To Keep Outsourcing American Jobs

Karl Rove's "American Crossroads" into Oligarchy funded 91% by Billionaires who Can't Abide a Vibrant Middle Class

Can We Arrest Them NOW? Bush Administration Looked for Reasons to Start War With Iraq Upon Taking Office

Will Their GREED EVER END? Republicans Can't Stop Talking About Handing Social Security Over to Wall Street Banksters

ONCE AGAIN - Faux News Edits Clip to Fit Their Pro-Corporate, Anti-Everyone Else Agenda

Repug Bob Corker Celebrates American Car Industry he Tried to Kill

Fox "News" Deceptively Edits Video to Fit their Agenda - AGAIN

Fox Business Channel Celebrates Labor Day by Attacking Unions

In video, organization behind Christian Fundamentalist C Street House Details Plan for Control of Society

Republican Hypocrisy Never Ends: Koch Industries Applies For Federal Funds From Health Care Law It Vehemently Opposes

Alan Simpson: Social Security Is 'A Milk Cow With 310 Million Tits'

Follow the Money: Corporate America's Propaganda Outlet FOX "News" Fails To Mention That Their Co-Owner Is One They Accuse Of 'Terror Funding

Like their Father did During Kennedy Administration, Koch Brothers Use their Inherited Billions to Fund Fake "Grassroots" Outrage Rallying Dupes to their Own Demise

Corporate America's Propaganda Outlet (Faux News) & Wall Street Journal's Parent Company ... ahem... "News" Corp... Greases the Wheels of the Plutocracy with a $1 Million Dollar "Donation" to Republican Governors Association

Religious Zealots Determined to Drag US to New Dark Age - Conservative Think Tank Fighting for "Creation" Myth to be taught in Science Classes

Repugs Economic Plan for the Future: Do the Same Things That Destroyed the Middle Class - Only More

Repugs Punish and Mock the Unemployed for Deficits they Giddily Ran up for Years.

DINO News:
Obama Wipes His Ass With The Constitution, The Bill of Rights and The Magna Carta by Signing NDAA - Enabling The Military To Indefinitely Detain Americans Without Charge, Trial or Due Process of Law

Despite Campaign Promises, Obama Signs MORE So-Called "Free Trade" Deals, Greasing The Race to the Bottom, Turning Americans into Cheap Labor Wage Slaves - As Corporate America Always Wanted

REPORT: Debt Ceiling Deal Will Cost 1.8 Million Jobs In 2012

Obama's Job Czar Jeffrey Immelt Sends MORE American Jobs to China

Washington is About to Make the Jobs Crisis Worse

Obama Puts Social Security Cuts on the Table for Repugs to Finally Destroy... I Wonder if the Republicans Will Love the Kenyan Socialist Now?

Max Baucus, the Same DINO Who ARRESTED People for Wanting to Talk About Single Payer during the Health Care Hearings, Slipped Single Payer Into the HCR Bill - For the Town of Libby, Montana Only

The man Republicans labeled a "Socialist" even as he was deregulating the media, signing the repeal of Glass Steagal & the Working-Class-killing NAFTA, CAFTA & GATT, Bill Clinton, telling Paul Ryan to give him a call so they can plot the destruction of Medicare.

Cornell West is as disappointed in Obama as the rest of the Progressive Community and describes him as, “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.”

President Obama Declares Bradley Manning Guilty Without Due Process of Law - Long Live the King... I Guess!

Obama Administration Trampling on Rights He Promised To Protect

President Obama thinks it's a good idea to cut heating aid in an extremely brutal Winter during the worst economic crisis since the FIRST Republican Great Depression.

Corruption is Corruption - Even When a "D" does it. Obama OMB Director Peter Orszag takes a High Salary Job at Citibank after Working to Make it one of the Biggest Recipients of Taxpayer's Bailout Cash

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So Funny I Forgot to Laugh: Holbrooke's Last Words On Afghanistan Clarified As Being Part of a Humorous Exchange by Obama Administration

Follow the Money: Right-Wing Koch Industries gave funding to the DLC and served on its Executive Council

Obama Solution to Stop Outsourcing - Stop Counting Jobs Outsourced

Gibbs on the Left: Dog Bites the Man

Obama Administration Wants to be Able to Spy on You without Court Oversight

Senate Democrats Abandon Effort to Extend Unemployment Benefits in Face of Repug Filibuster

White House Intervenes On Financial Reform To Protect Big CEO Pay

12 DINOS Side With Repugs To Block Unemployment Extension

Bill Clinton Thanks Health Insurers For Their Support Of The Health Insurance Reform

Schumer Congratulates Lincoln For “Fighting Unions” As FDR Rolls In His Grave

6 Dirty Dinos (Bayh, Landrieu, Lincoln, Nelson, Pryor, Rockefeller) Vote With Repug Murkowski In Failed Attempt To Strip The EPA Of Its Power To Regulate Greenhouse Gas Pollution.

Metaphorical Deaths
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Republicans Champion Yet Another Ineffective Idea: Torture

Torture Gets the Republican Stamp of Approval Image

Since President Obama did something that Bush said he was “truly not that concerned about… “   – namely, bring Osama Bin Laden to justice –  Republicans have been trying to spin the event to try and keep those who authorized torture out of jail by claiming that it was these “enhanced interrogation techniques” that led to the terrorist’s whereabouts.

Never mind the fact that these claims have been denied by the war criminal Donald Rumsefeld, as well as others in the Intelligence communities… normal people (non-Republicans) know that the truth rarely, if ever, gets in the way of a CONservative’s mission to serve their dead-end, ideological agenda.

The Christian Science Monitor reported,

“Several former military interrogators refute assertions that waterboarding and other ‘enhanced’ methods provided intelligence that led the US to bin Laden. Some lament lost opportunity to grill Al Qaeda’s leader.”

In fact, it has been reported that the torture of detainees may have actually hindered and slowed the hunt for Bin Laden, not hastened it.

From The Huffington Post.:

“I think that without a doubt, torture and enhanced interrogation techniques slowed down the hunt for bin Laden,” said an Air Force interrogator who goes by the pseudonym Matthew Alexander and located Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, in 2006.

It now appears likely that several detainees had information about a key al Qaeda courier — information that might have led authorities directly to bin Laden years ago. But subjected to physical and psychological brutality, “they gave us the bare minimum amount of information they could get away with to get the pain to stop, or to mislead us,” Alexander told The Huffington Post.

Disgracefully, the inherently cowardly Reich Wingers hold the view that waterboarding is something to crow about.

Suzy Khimm wrote at Mother Jones,

“We obtained that information through waterboarding,” Rep. Peter King (R-NY) told Fox News on Monday night. “So for those who say that waterboarding doesn’t work, who say it should be stopped and never used again, we got vital information, which directly led us to Bin Laden.” Likewise, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Twitter, “Wonder what President Obama thinks of water boarding now?”

The early evidence, however, cast doubt on the notion that torture was integral to finding and killing bin Laden. According to the Associated Press, the courier who tipped off the CIA about Bin Laden’s location had been questioned using standard interrogation techniques, not “enhanced” ones. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said that “it was not harsh treatment and it was not waterboarding” that yielded critical information on Bin Laden’s whereabouts. Attorney General Eric Holder was a bit more circumspect during a Tuesday morning hearing, saying he didn’t know whether the action against bin Laden was based on information derived from torture. And Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman has concluded that torture played, at most, a minor role in the hunt based on what we know so far.”

Those in the Reality Based Community know that torture does nothing but elicit BAD intelligence as well as bring disgrace to the nation –consequences Reich Wing policies commonly elicit.

In January 2005, Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum wrote about retired Air Force Col. John Rothrock, who, as a young captain, headed a combat interrogation team in Vietnam.

“if I take a Bunsen burner to the guy’s genitals, he’s going to tell you just about anything,” which would be pointless. Rothrock, who is no squishy liberal, says that he doesn’t know “any professional intelligence officers of my generation who would think this is a good idea.”

Or listen to Army Col. Stuart Herrington, a military intelligence specialist who conducted interrogations in Vietnam, Panama and Iraq during Desert Storm, and who was sent by the Pentagon in 2003 — long before Abu Ghraib — to assess interrogations in Iraq. Aside from its immorality and its illegality, says Herrington, torture is simply “not a good way to get information.” In his experience, nine out of 10 people can be persuaded to talk with no “stress methods” at all, let alone cruel and unusual ones. Asked whether that would be true of religiously motivated fanatics, he says that the “batting average” might be lower: “perhaps six out of ten.” And if you beat up the remaining four? “They’ll just tell you anything to get you to stop.”

Worse, you’ll have the other side effects of torture. It “endangers our soldiers on the battlefield by encouraging reciprocity.” It does “damage to our country’s image” and undermines our credibility in Iraq. That, in the long run, outweighs any theoretical benefit. “  Read the rest of the article here.

In addition to its ineffectiveness, in a historical context, torture puts the United States in bad company.   The Nazis also called their inhumane interrogation tactics “enhanced interrogation”…  verschärfte vernehmung, which can also be translated to mean “intensified” or “sharpened” interrogation.

Andrew Sullivan wrote a great article about how the ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ authorized by the president are indistinguishable from the techniques authorized by the Nazi High Command.

The Nazi outline also directed when such interrogation may be used, on whom, why, and what methods may be applied… the most disgraceful part being that Bush’s torture policies went even FURTHER than the Nazis.

Sullivan wrote,

“The use of hypothermia, authorized by Bush and Rumsfeld, was initially forbidden. ‘Waterboarding” was forbidden too, unlike that authorized by Bush. As time went on, historians have found that all the bureaucratic restrictions were eventually broken or abridged. Once you start torturing, it has a life of its own.

In Norway, we actually have a 1948 court case that weighs whether “enhanced interrogation” using the methods approved by president Bush amounted to torture. The proceedings are fascinating, with specific reference to the hypothermia used in Gitmo, and throughout interrogation centers across the field of conflict. The Nazi defense of the techniques is almost verbatim that of the Bush administration…”

Freezing prisoners to near-death, repeated beatings, long forced-standing, waterboarding, cold showers in air-conditioned rooms, stress positions [Arrest mit Verschaerfung], withholding of medicine and leaving wounded or sick prisoners alone in cells for days on end – all these have occurred at US detention camps under the command of president George W. Bush. Over a hundred documented deaths have occurred in these interrogation sessions. The Pentagon itself has conceded homicide by torture in multiple cases. Notice the classic, universal and simple criterion used to define torture in 1948 (my italics):

The victims, by the way, were not in uniform. And the Nazis tried to argue, just as John Yoo did, that this made torturing them legit. The victims were paramilitary Norwegians, operating as an insurgency, against an occupying force. And the torturers had also interrogated some prisoners humanely. But the argument, deployed by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and the Nazis before them, didn’t wash with the court.”  Read Sullivan’s entire article here.

Leading World War II interrogators have confirmed that torture is ineffective.  As quoted in the Washington Post:

“We got more information out of a German general with a game of chess or Ping-Pong than they do today, with their torture,” said Henry Kolm, 90, an MIT physicist who had been assigned to play chess in Germany with Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess.

In other words, effective interrogation is a battle of wits – so it comes as no surprise that Reich Wingers don’t support it.


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