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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    I think her point was that words shape perception, not necessarily reality. Something isn't NOT torture simply because it doesn't have torture in its name. That was her point.
    Oh. Then she and I would be in agreement. Don't I feel like the ass. However, I think she was a little bit dependent on the words, not the action, as a point too.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    It is most certainly torture.

    Two things.

    1. The idea that torture never works is ludicrous.

    2. The idea it's always nessecary is equally ludicrous.

    Now, I am of the persuasion that those who don't consider it torture, do so in part, whether they realize it or not to save face. If its not torture, then they don't have to feel bad their nation engaged in it.

    However it is torture and if thats what you feel you have to do to defend your nation, then you will do it anyway, just stop skirting around the issue, just say it outright "we will torture people to defend ourselves".

    Stop trying to pretend you have the moral high ground.

    Okay. There are certain circumstances where I would consider the use of torture somewhat justifiable. The proverbial "suitcase nuke hidden in an american city and soon to blow and this terrorist we captured knows where it is" type of scenario, yes. Cases where thousands of American lives are riding on extracting information from a known terrorist, who has proven resistant to other methods of interrogation, perhaps.

    I'll grant you the idea does not sit well with my conscience. It is a terrible, terrible thing to so treat another human being.... but then again, so is conspiring to commit mass murder on an epic scale.

    To make it plain, I would stop short of officially endorsing it or ruling it acceptible in law... but in a pinch I'd hope someone was willing to do what had to be done, while others looked away long enough for the information to be extracted. This might mean someone has to take the fall for breaking the law, afterward.... but if they really did save thousands (or perhaps millions) of lives by so doing, I'd hope a jury would acquit them anyway.

    This might seem like a self-contradictory position, but there are reasons behind it. On the one hand I don't want my nation using torture as a matter of official policy enshrined in law... that's a slippery slope I don't want us to go down... but on the other hand I don't put the human rights of a single known terrorist above the lives of thousands of Americans.

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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by MSgt View Post
    Don't we? I can use a deer rifle with a scope to kill a person, but calling it a "SNIPER" rifle makes it different to the ignorant right? How about an "ASSAULT" rifle that doesn't fire automatically? The word "ASSAULT" changes it all together to the ignorant. Without the word "ASSAULT," it's just a rifle that fires one round at a time....just like a revolver. And "Greatest Generation" allows people to dismiss nuclear bombs on civilian cities, right?

    It's always in the terminology. Ask any politician that relies on your vote.
    So - all I have to do is call my breasts something else and suddenly they aren't breasts anymore? Are they really jugs - or knockers? Do they transform when they're called something else? No - they're still breasts. LOL

    I have a hard time imagining that you take EVERY noun given to EVERY item quite so literally. . . that's like when my autistic son tried vehemently at age 5 to argue with me that a 'trashcan' is not the same as the 'garbage-bin' to the point of him being completely confused as to where to throw his trash vs his garbage . . . . objects, situations and items can have different terms that can be interchanged. That doesn't alter the PURPOSE of the item or activity.

    That is how language WORKS.

    The only reason why you're trying to tenaciously cling to an 'other' category is because legally we have to define things in exact, strict language for legal and legislative purposes so some stupid dip**** doesn't come along and go 'well you didn't clarify - so I can slip my illicit activity between the cracks' - like taking a semi-automatic and altering it just slightly so it's a fully-automatic and then believing that's ok.

    To define what is torture: you have to define *what is torture* before you decide what qualifies . . . not the other way around. Very FEW methods of 'torture' are called 'torture' - according to your view torture is only so if it's in the name . . . so even the Iron Maiden or The Rack wasn't torture. The iron maiden was what then? LOL A sexy vixen come to steal away men's souls? LOL I'm sure all of the many victims of such torture would have wished.

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    Geesh - all the many types of torture that just aren't torture because 'torture' isn't in the name.

    In fact - 'Chinese water torture' and 'the chair of torture' are the only two types of defined 'torture' I can think of if you're being so literal about it . . . But I'm sure that being slowly roasted in The Bull was quite torturous. . . do I want to find out? No.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Okay. There are certain circumstances where I would consider the use of torture somewhat justifiable. The proverbial "suitcase nuke hidden in an american city and soon to blow and this terrorist we captured knows where it is" type of scenario, yes. Cases where thousands of American lives are riding on extracting information from a known terrorist, who has proven resistant to other methods of interrogation, perhaps.

    I'll grant you the idea does not sit well with my conscience. It is a terrible, terrible thing to so treat another human being.... but then again, so is conspiring to commit mass murder on an epic scale.

    To make it plain, I would stop short of officially endorsing it or ruling it acceptible in law... but in a pinch I'd hope someone was willing to do what had to be done, while others looked away long enough for the information to be extracted. This might mean someone has to take the fall for breaking the law, afterward.... but if they really did save thousands (or perhaps millions) of lives by so doing, I'd hope a jury would acquit them anyway.

    This might seem like a self-contradictory position, but there are reasons behind it. On the one hand I don't want my nation using torture as a matter of official policy enshrined in law... that's a slippery slope I don't want us to go down... but on the other hand I don't put the human rights of a single known terrorist above the lives of thousands of Americans.
    Totally agree with where you're coming from.

    If it was that "nuke in the briefcase" scenario for any city in the world I would torture the only guy who knew myself to stop it.

    In other cirucumstances The fear of course is always that an innocent person gets tortured.

    I find torture morally wrong, however if a country is gonna do it, I'd prefer they cut the bull**** and do it and say they'll do it, at least we'll all know where we stand.

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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    So - all I have to do is call my breasts something else and suddenly they aren't breasts anymore? Are they really jugs - or knockers?
    See? You know it without acknowledging it. Breasts implies a body part. Likewise, does penis. However, when we start labeling them as "jugs and knockers" or cocks we start traveling into the pornographic realm where people begin to scowl. Does not Obama Care change the idea of Universal Health Care to many Americans? Does not political correctness change the atmosphere when it comes to describing people? All one had to do was change discipline and spanking to "abuse" and the entire idea was altered. You ever write up an award for an individual and pull out the thesaurus to give the award a greater meaning? And how different are the words "traitor" and "patriot?" Do I not have a duty to assassinate a one day leader who may seek to enslave Americans.....or is this treachery?

    Don't pretend that descriptive words don't change the idea or the event. Anyone with a High School Diploma would agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by aunt spiker
    To define what is torture: you have to define *what is torture* before you decide what qualifies . . . not the other way around.
    Really? Some guy behind a desk doesn't decide what speeding is? Why is it dangerous to drive at 75 in some states and totally safe in others? Laws are simply made. Rules are simply made. It is the other way around. Prohibition? Thanks for the organized crime. People's idea of things often screw up what is actually good for people. Today we complain about legalized marijuana. At one time, the evils of drugs were clear to most. Laws are bull **** and the powers that be theme words around them to convince the ignorant and the idiots that they should represent them.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by MSgt View Post
    This is a pussy's approach to world affairs....

    When we prevented the Allies from losing Word War I did we have our affairs in order? When we bankrolled the Allies, invaded Europe, and defeated Japan did we have our affairs in order? When we prevented the Soviet Communists from achieving global superiority over the West did we we have our affairs in order? And should we really be giving any good will to any starving or humanitarian disastered people when we have our own health care issues? With Native Americans being slaughtered, blacks enslaved, women without votes, blacks without civil rights, how dare we do anything for the world and protect our global interests, right? Your cry is a whine to abandon responsibility and good morality masked in superior self righteousness and it pains me that people like you benefit from people like me.

    The point is that nobody anywhere, to include governments, ever have their affairs in order. Using it as an excuse to legitimize cowardice, near sightedness, and stupidity is as transparent today as it has been throughout history whenever a spectator citizen decided to pretend he is above others in the game....while benefitting from the "evil" of others who protect them.

    At what poi nt will America have its affairs in order? Utopia? The Leftists depraved idea to excuse one of responsibility? The most powerful nation in history must cower behind shields and walls because Leftists, who should have been born elsewhere, cling to the bull**** dream that China and the Soviet Union proved a failure?

    ....or did this bit of boldness once again fly into deaf ears? Anything for the bull **** dream.

    It is the sane approach to world affairs as opposed to the insane approach. I'll go with the former, but you do as you wish. Its one of the reasons we elected Obama, and since Romney says he will return to the practice of torture, its one of the reasons we will reelect the president.

    The freakin' cowboy approach is what got us into an almost decade long war with a country that was of no threat to us.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by MSgt View Post
    I'm so tired of this conversation about waterboarding and higher moral ground. "Torture" is always unreliable. It always has been. The only thing it guarantees is that the victim wants to feel less pain. We are powerful enough in terms of culture, economy, political and military (the latter being the only thing American politicians recognize anymore) that we do not have to resort to what has been historically defined as "torture."

    But the moral high ground has never been lost, despite the wishes of some of our allies, who in turn convinced enough Americans how evil they were. Did we have the moral high ground with Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Did we have the moral high ground as we made our dictators more powerful than the Soviet Union's dictators? And did a few waterboarding cases and few speeches make us lose the moaral high ground enough to stop France and others from begging us to lead and provide over 80 percent of the effort over Libya? Do not the Allied side of the world still seek our muscle and microphone to lead and direct global affairs?

    Until we become Nazi Germany, Tunisia torturing France, the radical, extremist, terrorist breeding Middle East, oppressive China and Russia....we will not lose the "moral higher ground." Though, the described ake it quite the effort to convince us that we are exactly like them don't they? It's up to us to surrender our identities to what they need in order to lift themselves above the garbage they perfected.
    We condemn a lot of places for using torture and rightly so. But when we resort to doing the same thing, to any degree, we do lose ground. A murder who kills one is in some measurment better than a murder who kills 12. But, neither holds the moral high ground. The second we began to debate whether waterboarding was torture, we slide off that ground.

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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    I was waterboarded and I didn't find it to be painful to the point that I would say it was "excruciating". But of course that is subjective.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    Who did you terrorize?
    It is possible if he was in the military he got a taste of it. The common mistake is to think that taste was equal to having it actually done, it a less friendly situation.

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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    The decision to use water boarding with the full and public blessing of the administration was a terrible decision whose consequences will be felt for generations.

    There is such a thing as the use of torture on the battlefield. In Vietnam, yeah, we certainly 8used it and it was valuable. However, it was immediate, not filmed for youtube and the tortured party was dead shortly thereafter. If you were there, you know what I'm talking about, if not, use your imagination.

    So, what's so bad about what we did under Bush? We set an example for the world to follow. We are a busy-body nation., Our soldiers are everywhere and inevitably one will be captured, tortured and we won't have much to say about that, will we?

    Before our own misbehavior, the torturing of one of our own would have fulled us with outrage and we would strike back with full force and justification. Now, we have exposed our own troops to a terrible fate.

    We have shown the world our evil side. We tortured prisoners whose guilt was undetermined and we did this long after their incarceration. You can't argue that we would get information that would save lives. Do you thing that someone in custody for years has current information? All we proved was that we were rotten, evil ****s who spit on the Geneva convention. How sad is that?

    The ones who made this decision will not suffer the consequences. No, our young warriors will. To me, this is unforgivable. And typical.

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