Monday, August 31, 2009

Liz Cheney: Waterboarding is not torture.

Things must be tense in the Cheney household because it's not only Dick that they have sent out to publicly defend the use of torture, they have dispatched Liz Cheney as well.

She begins by claiming that an investigation has already taken place, and when reminded that this was carried out by the Bush administration, she insists that the Obama Justice Department is political, implying that the Bush Justice Department was not.

The politicisation of the Justice Department under the Bush administration is so well documented that she should have been laughed out of the studio at that point.

A 2008 report by the Justice Department concluded that former Bush loyalists at the DoJ broke the law by allowing politics to influence hiring decisions. The Justice Department’s screening process was headed by Monica Goodling, a graduate of Pat Robertson’s Regent University who acknowledged that she “crossed the line of the civil service rules.”

Goodling blocked the hiring of someone she viewed as a “
liberal,” and she frequently checked the backgrounds of candidates for their views on “abortion” and “homosexuality.”
But, obviously deciding that the truth mattered not a jot, she staggered on, ending this fact free argument with the assertion that, "waterboarding is not torture."

Perhaps she believes that, if she just keeps saying that, it will somehow make it true. Just as, if she continually insists that the Bush Justice Department was not political, then we'll all forget about the firing of 7 US Attorney's and the scandal which that caused.

What's clear is that Liz is now arguing that waterboarding is not torture whilst her father argues that there is nothing "improper or illegal" about interrogators taking guns and drills into interrogation rooms.

They are no longer trying to make their case in a way which will win anyone over to their side. They are issuing a clarion call for right wing loons to rise up and call, "foul."

That really is the only card they have left to play.

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