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Politics is torture by underground

Coming from the country that gave us George W Bush and his colour coded scare chart, news such as this CNN story should no longer come as a surprise. It is an excellent example of politics at its worst. I’ll give you a snippet from the story:

During a contentious House hearing on harsh interrogation techniques for terror suspects Thursday, Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Massachusetts, was pressing David Addington, the vice president’s chief of staff, about meetings he attended while serving as Cheney’s chief counsel.

Delahunt asked repeatedly whether the topic of waterboarding, a controversial interrogation technique that simulates drowning, ever came up.

Addington replied that he could not discuss that because “al Qaeda may watch C-SPAN.”

“Right,” Delahunt responded. “Well, I’m sure they are watching, and I’m glad they finally have the chance to see you, Mr. Addington.”

“Yeah, I’m sure you’re pleased,” Addington shot back.

“Given your penchant for being unobtrusive,” Delahunt said of Addington’s ability to stay behind the scene.”

Apparently there is some political mileage to be gained here. The Republican’s believe Delahunt wished to make Addington a target for al Qaeda.

Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said “the congressman’s comments were inappropriate,” and Republican Rep. Steve King expressed outrage that Delahunt said he was happy about the staffer becoming a “publicly televised target” of al Qaeda

“With Rep. Bill Delahunt’s remarks inciting al Qaeda to violence, David Addington and his family will need protection until the war on terror is over,” King, of Iowa, said in a written statement. “I wonder if Bill Delahunt is ready to guard Mr. Addington’s home and family.”

Really, in the greater scheme of things, who is this Addington guy? Is he really a potential target for al Qaeda? According to the Department of Homeland Security, every American is a target for al Qaeda! Addington is hardly top of al Qaeda’s to do list. Yet according to King he is now a “publicly televised target” and will “need protection until the war on terror is over”. And if anyone from al Qaeda does actually watch American television, would they really watch C-span over the Daily Show?

Meanwhile, attention is diverted for the issue at hand, and that is whether the Bush Administration is using torture against untried, uncharged “enemy combatants”. It seems whenever anyone tries to bring those reasonable for human rights abuse to account, the Republicans go on the attack.

So far the Bush Administration and Republicans in general have done an excellent job of remaining unaccountable for their actions, not just on torture or the ridiculously named “War of Terror”, but for global warming, hurricane Katrina, the health system, the economy, science, and by most accounts, every other facet of governance. How many more months does the rest of the world, and of course all rational Americans, have to suffer? Not many more, not many more!

 

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