Waterboarding Would Be Torture
Just some key points from it
CIA officials have been quoted as saying that water-boarding has been used on three prisoners since 2001, including al-Qaeda recruiter Abu Zubaydah, but on nobody since 2003.
In July 2007, President Bush signed a controversial executive order on the treatment of suspects detained by the CIA which did not outlaw the agency's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" such as water-boarding.
US national intelligence chief Mike McConnell has said the interrogation technique of water-boarding "would be torture" if he was subjected to it.
In December, the House of Representatives approved a bill that would ban the CIA from using harsh interrogation techniques such as water-boarding.
President George W Bush has threatened to veto the bill, which would require the agency to follow the rules adopted by the US Army and abide by the Geneva Conventions, if the Senate passes it.
So some key facts from this article:
The House of Representatives wishes to ban the use of the tactic, but the bill passed has been threatened to be vetoed. No reason as to why yet.
The CIA states that it has not used it since 2003.
Bush did not outlaw the use of such a tactic in 2003.
As for all of this, I do not know why Bush is threatening a veto. I would have to take a look at the bill first myself. Maybe too much pork? Oh well.
The CIA...well, take it for what it's worth. They have a reason to lie (to avoid further controversy, to keep their tactics "Secret" so detainees cannot train to resist them in case of capture).
As for the potential banning of it...I don't see why Bush would not outlaw it. I mean, if what is being said is true, in that it has not been used since 2003, it seems like we have no reason to use it. So why not outlaw it? Yes, it would be superfluous, but it would not be harmful. Like putting a stop sign at a blinking red light. It does not do anyone harm to put it there, but at the same time, it is not needed.
Is is because of my pattern of thought above that leads me to believe that perhaps it either is still being used and we are being lied to, or we are planning to use it again.