'Humane' Torture?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

At the Republican Party's convention, former senator Fred Thompson gave a moving speech denouncing the torture inflicted on John McCain [front page, Sept. 3]. How many of his listeners realized that at least one of the atrocities he cited -- one of the worst, the strappado technique -- is defended by President Bush and many other Republicans as safe, legal and humane?

That's how we accidentally killed Manadel al-Jamadi, the dead man packed in ice in the Abu Ghraib photographs.

We -- yes, we -- shackled his wrists behind his back and pulled his arms up to attach them to a barred window. His knees gave out.

Lesson: If the enemy does it to us, it's torture; if we do it to the enemy, it's humane interrogation.



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