the president went back on his word to leon panetta
Lol, the word "severe" is entirely subjective. It's a subjective qualifier thus whether or not waterboarding is torture is your own opinion. Subjective qualifiers have no place in legal definitions.Waterboarding is torture plain and simple. There's nothing subjective about it we've prosecuted it and have considered it to be torture.
No it was a North Vietnamese POW not VC, he was protected by the Geneva Conventions, and entitled to POW status IE, he could not be subjected to ANY coercive or unpleasant treatment of ANY kind:We prosecuted one of our own soldiers for doing it to a vietcong
"No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind."
International Humanitarian Law - Third 1949 Geneva Convention
The Japanese were not convicted for just waterboarding people, while they were being waterboarded they were, also, beaten and burned with cigarettes and so much water was pored that their stomachs became descended and then they would proceed to beat on the descended stomach. That is not in any way the same thing that occurred at Gitmo.during the war and we prosecuted the japanese for doing it.
Last edited by Devil505; 08-31-09 at 07:36 PM.
Innocent of what?If Cheney is innocent, wouldn't you want that proved?