‘It’s irresponsible the way they throw these words around’


Dick Cheney does not appreciate the tone adopted by the likes of Don Davies.

“Now we have a lot of people running around using language like ‘torture.’ I heard one of your members of Parliament saying we used it on hundreds of people at Guantanamo. Not true,” said Mr. Cheney, who became a lightning rod for critics of the Bush administration, particularly over the war on Iraq, during his eight years as vice-president.

“We did not use torture. … We did what we absolutely needed to do. We had an obligation to gather intelligence to ensure that we didn’t get struck again, and I think it worked,” he said, noting that Mr. Mohammed, in particular, produced a “gold mine” of information “after he’d been through the process.”

The utility of waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is a matter of some debate. So far as the hunt for Osama bin Laden, for instance, John McCain has said that torturing Mr. Mohammed actually produced false and misleading information.


‘It’s irresponsible the way they throw these words around’

  1. The logic seems to be that things that needed to be done for the US national interest cannot be considered torture. That’s a bizarre thought, and requires more justification.

    The US is willing to torture their own citizens. See Bradley Manning (wikileaks cables). 

  2. “…John McCain has said that torturing Mr. Mohammed actually produced false and misleading information…”

    Gee, you meant drowning a man until he’ll tell you anything you want to hear as long as you’ll stop produces false and misleading information?????

    Say it isn’t so!!

    I mean, torture’s been so effective in the past right???

    Uh, right???

    (sarcasm off)

  3. We missed one war criminal apparently but there is still another one living in Canada at the moment. If left wing types are feeling righteous about punishing war criminals, maybe they should worry about Canadian war criminals instead. 

    Arrest Chretien and send him off to The Hague! 

    TorStar ~ Oct 2009:

    Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has told a British newspaper that Canada dispatched Maher Arar to Syria to be tortured.

      • Why did we apologize, and give money, to Arar if Canada wasn’t responsible? 

        “Nevertheless, O’Connor concluded in September 2006 the Americans “very likely” deported Arar on the basis of erroneous information the RCMP provided that he was a suspect with terrorist links.

        The government, under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, apologized to Arar for the role its agents played and settled a lawsuit out of court for $10.5 million.”

        • Why no link or headline, Tony?

          • Tony?   It’s not a hard question.

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