I’ve posted numerous times on torture here, there and elsewhere.
So I was glad to see Stephen King discussing the issue. I disagree with him that we need to waterboard anyone to see if it is torture (I know he was using waterboarding Jenna Bush to make a sartirical point) because the military and U.S. courts have said for decades that waterboarding is torture. We convicted enemy soldiers for war crimes for waterboarding prisoners in World War II.
Other than that, I agree with Stephen King on torture, the mass media, and politics.
STEPHEN KING: So who’s going to be TIME Person of the Year?
TIME: I really don’t know, there’s a very small group of people who make that decision.
STEPHEN KING: I was thinking, I think it should be Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.
STEPHEN KING: Yeah. You know, I just filmed a segment for Nightline, about [the movie version of his novella] The Mist, and one of the things I said to them was, you know, “You guys are just covering — what do they call it — the scream of the peacock, and you’re missing the whole fox hunt.” Like waterboarding [or] where all the money went that we poured into Iraq. It just seems to disappear. And yet you get this coverage of who’s gonna get custody of Britney’s kids? Whether or not Lindsay drank at her twenty-first birthday party, and all this other shit.
You know, this morning, the two big stories on CNN are Kanye West’s mother, who died, apparently, after having some plastic surgery. The other big thing that’s going on is whether or not this cop [Drew Peterson] killed his… wife. And meanwhile, you’ve got Pakistan in the midst of a real crisis, where these people have nuclear weapons that we helped them develop. You’ve got a guy in charge, who’s basically declared himself the military strongman and is being supported by the Bush administration, whose raison d’etre for going into Iraq was to spread democracy in the world.
So you’ve got these things going on, which seem to me to be very substantive, that could affect all of us, and instead, you see a lot of this back-fence gossip. So I said something to the Nightline guy about waterboarding, and if the Bush administration didn’t think it was torture, they ought to do some personal investigation. Someone in the Bush family should actually be waterboarded so they could report on it to George. I said, I didn’t think he would do it, but I suggested Jenna be waterboarded and then she could talk about whether or not she thought it was torture. And then the guy from Nightline said, “Well, obviously you’ve not been watching World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson.” But I do — I watch ‘em all!
It is amazing that support of torture – an ineffective tool that seems to speak to the most craven sadistic minds – has become such a linch pin of the rightwing.
That says more about how they think than we’d ever get from waterboarding them.
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