Still confused about torture

Mr. Pitts thinks the price for torture is too high. His example is McCain vs Santorum. A key is his judgment of Santorum – the ad hominem.

Santorum’s bizarre comment, made last week in a radio interview, was in response to a recent McCain speech in which he disputed the claim by deadeners of the last administration that so-called “enhanced interrogation” (i.e., torture)

Bizzarre? so-called? deadeners? He would do better in trying to understand the difference between McCain’s treatment as a POW and what the U.S. considers an enhanced interrogation technique. An episode from McCain’s book is provided as an example of torture that makes the difference clear.

“I would find myself trussed up and left for hours in ropes, my biceps bound tightly with several loops to cut off my circulation and the end of the rope cinched behind my back, pulling my shoulders and elbows unnaturally close together. It was incredibly painful.” — Sen. John McCain from his book, Faith of My Fathers

The fact is that the techniques considered “enhanced interrogation” did not cause physical pain or harm such as McCain describes. The inability to make such a clear distinction is a dishonesty that corrupts the hubris in assertions such as “Some will say the stakes are too high for us to worry about venerating ideals” that condemn and judge others who do make the distinctions. It is the difference between how McCain was treated as a POW and how the terrorists caught in combat have been treated by the U.S. that illustrates the point opposite of what Pitts thinks is reality.

No wonder the Pulitzer Prize and journalism in general has lost so much respect outside of its clique. Many people do value honesty and integrity in their sources of information and it isn’t often found in journalism today, it seems.

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