August 5, 2005, - 8:31 am
By Debbie Schlussel
A USA Today editorial, today, endorses John McCain’s absurd policy for handling prisoners. It would:
* Bar the military from treating detainees in “cruel, inhuman or degrading” ways.
HELLO? . . . Cruel, degrading? That could mean anything–like they didn’t like the Halal glazed chicken and preferred Baba Ghanoush. We might as well send detainees to Disney World. Or just not have detainees. Unbelievable. Are we fighting a war . . . or running Club Med?
* Require military interrogators to stick to Interrogation methods laid out in the Army field manual.
YES . . . that’s the way to get Mohamed Al-Kahtani–Osama Bin Laden’s driver, the 20th 9/11 hijacker–to talk. Read a manual (written who knows when). Gee, I’m sure the Qaeda people never read the field manual–in training to know how to resist U.S. interrogations.
The ludicrous USA Today editorial continues by decrying “disturbing details behind the questioning of Mohamed Al-Kahtani . . . which included treating the suspected Saudi terrorist as a dog.” And there’s something wrong with that?
Puh-leeze. I repeat, Al-Kahtani was Bin Laden’s driver and was supposed to be the 20th hijacker. Remember those 3,000 people that were killed? McCain and USA Today apparently had their memories erased.
Perfect timing for this editorial, too, since yesterday’s newly released Ayman Al-Zawahiri video promises more Al-Qaeda attacks on the U.S, calling the 9/11 casualties, “merely the losses from the initial clashes.” Use McCain’s USA Today recommended techniques, and we’ll NEVER find out any information that might prevent such attacks.
And McCain has the gall to compare his experiences as a POW in Vietnam to these cold-blooded killers in Gitmo. He owes his fellow Vietnam POWs a HUGE apology for this outrageous comparison.
“This is not about terrorists,” McCain said. “This is about who we are.” This man has been reading too many Dr. Phil books.
No, this IS about the terrorists, and whether we are fools and idiots who molly-coddle killers or responsible freedom-loving Americans who want to continue with those freedoms versus forced wearing of hijabs and kefiyehs.
USA Today stresses the tired, old political correctness about how our effective interrogation methods are “convincing Muslims that U.S. commitment to justice and human rights is hollow.” Huh? Is this publication actually saying that we need to convince those who behead the Nick Bergs and Paul Johnsons, etc., then parade their heads around on video, of OUR commitment to justice and human rights?
The only way to show our commitment to justice for the 3,000 people murdered on 9/11 is to do whatever it takes to make sure it never happens again.
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