…in Bushworld, that is the question.
Is it, as our VP would say, a “no brainer”, a mere “dunking”? Or is it, as four retired JAGs (Judge Advocate Generals–the judicial arm of the military) would have it, “inhumane”, “torture”, and “illegal”.
In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the JAGs go on:
This is a critically important issue – but it is not, and never has been, a complex issue, and even to suggest otherwise does a terrible disservice to this nation. […]
In this instance, the relevant rule – the law – has long been clear: Waterboarding detainees amounts to illegal torture in all circumstances. To suggest otherwise – or even to give credence to such a suggestion – represents both an affront to the law and to the core values of our nation.
Those damn military liberals!