Sunday, December 21, 2008

Duncan Hunter Calls New York Times Editorial on Detainee Abuse "Left Wing Rubbish".

Duncan Hunter went on Hardball and criticized the New York Times editorial on detainee abuse as "left wing rubbish".

The New York Times stated:

A report released Thursday by leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said top Bush administration officials, including Donald H. Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary, bore major responsibility for the abuses committed by American troops in interrogations at Abu Ghraib in Iraq; Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; and other military detention centers.

The report also rejected previous claims by Mr. Rumsfeld and others that Defense Department policies played no role in the harsh treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib in late 2003 and in other episodes of abuse.

The abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the report says, “was not simply the result of a few soldiers acting on their own” but grew out of interrogation policies approved by Mr. Rumsfeld and other top officials, who “conveyed the message that physical pressures and degradation were appropriate treatment for detainees.”
Leaving aside that this was actually a bipartisan report, what's most interesting is that Hunter does not deny the reports findings but rather appears to defend the use of waterboarding based on the evidence it produced.

Torture, it appears, ceases to be torture if it produces good results. And it's "left wing rubbish" to suggest otherwise.

Hat tip to Crooks and Liars.

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