Thursday, December 13, 2007

The latest stupidity from Kit Bond

As a former resident of the Show-Me State, I remember Bond all too well. This nugget seems pretty much in character:

Yesterday on PBS’s Newshour, host Gwen Ifill asked Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) whether waterboarding constitutes torture. Bond replied that the technique is actually more like “swimming“:

GWEN IFILL: Do you think that waterboarding, as I described it, constitutes torture?

SEN. KIT BOND: There are different ways of doing it. It’s like swimming, freestyle, backstroke. The waterboarding could be used almost to define some of the techniques that our trainees are put through, but that’s beside the point. It’s not being used.

I may not be the greatest swimmer on the planet, but I did get my various Red Cross certificates for swimming many moons ago, and have some idea of what the backstroke is like. If Bond seriously believes that doing the backstroke in a swimming pool creates the sensation of drowning, then he needs his head examined (or at bare minimum try some swimming lessons, pronto).

I suppose one of the things that even those who commit organizational violence, such as our various politicians who've continued to give the White House a free pass on torture, must do is to resort to the technique of minimizing and routinizing the act of torture in question. Makes for wonderful propaganda for mass consumption.

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