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Dershowitz on Waterboarding: Interesting Perspective

I read an interesting and sensible ARTICLE about the legality of enhanced interrogation techniques, particularly waterboarding, by none other than Alan Dershowitz. The following quote particularly caught my attention:

“This brings us to waterboarding. Michael Mukasey, whose confirmation as attorney general now seems assured, is absolutely correct, as a matter of constitutional law, that the issue of “waterboarding” cannot be decided in the abstract. Under prevailing precedents–some of which I disagree with–the court must examine the nature of the governmental interest at stake, and the degree to which the government actions at issue shock the conscience, and then decide on a case-by-case basis. In several cases involving actions at least as severe as waterboarding, courts have found no violations of due process.

The members of the judiciary committee who voted against Judge Mukasey, because of his unwillingness to support an absolute prohibition on waterboarding and all other forms of torture, should be asked the direct question: Would you authorize the use of waterboarding, or other non-lethal forms of torture, if you believed that it was the only possible way of saving the lives of hundreds of Americans in a situation of the kind faced by Israeli authorities on the eve of Yom Kippur? Would you want your president to authorize extraordinary means of interrogation in such a situation? If so, what means? If not, would you be prepared to accept responsibility for the preventable deaths of hundreds of Americans? “

Are any liberals going to question Dershowtiz’ left wing credentials? Arey the going to accuse the emminent professor of being “ignorant.?”Are they going to boil down “torture” to some easy definition in their desire to “get” the Bush Administration?

Lastly, if the Democrats were voting against Mukasey during his confirmation hearings in 2007 because he refused to prohibit waterboarding, are they still going to claim they had no idea waterboarding was going on?  Why the questions of Mukasey on this issue? Hmmmm….I’ll answer that:  because they are quite simply politically expedient, pathological liars.

 What a sad chapter in our history, and for intellectual honesty.

In a time of war is waterboarding terror suspects illegal as a matter of law?
(polls)

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A Few Contradictions from O’Bama’s Post Summit Press Conference

In about 30 seconds of President O’Bama’s post summit press conference I found contradictions in his statements.

When questioned about how it may look politicially that he was “cozying” up to Marxist Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, Obama stated he doesn’t care about the politics. He further reaffirmed his “there is no harm in talking to any country” mantra, even if that country is overtly hostile to the U.S.

Then he was asked about the U.S. boycotting the International Conference on Racism. The U.S. is apparently boycotting the conference because of the many Arab nations which want to define Zionism as racism.

Obama doesn’t care about politics? The reason this conference is being boycotted is because to attend such a conference will anger the Jewish American electorate, and Israel. This begs questions to Obama such as, “What happened to the “no harm in talking countries we disagree with” mantra? What happened to not caring about politics?

Why aren’t these “Obama Doctrines” being applied to our attendance or boycotting of the Conference on Racism?

These were rhetorical questions of course. The answer is that this president cares almost exclusively about politics and will do, and say, whatever is politically expedient at the time.

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