When we talk about how Torture had to end, we always use the idea of a moral component. In this world, somethings are right while other things are wrong. That is the world. The problem is that some people believe some things are right while other people believe somethings are wrong. “Beliefs” are the problem, because we will never know what we belief morally is right or wrong. There is a book, the Bible, but its been interpreted to the point of exhaustion. An excellent question to ask is, what would Jesus do? I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t waterboard someone over six dozen times. From the New York Times:
The C.I.A. officers used waterboarding at least 83 times in August 2002 against Abu Zubaydah, according to a 2005 Justice Department legal memorandum. Abu Zubaydah has been described as a Qaeda operative. A former C.I.A. officer, John Kiriakou, told ABC News and other news media organizations in 2007 that Abu Zubaydah had undergone waterboarding for only 35 seconds before agreeing to tell everything he knew. The 2005 memo also says that the C.I.A. used waterboarding 183 times in March 2003 against Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The New York Times reported in 2007 that Mr. Mohammed had been barraged more than 100 times with harsh interrogation methods, causing C.I.A. officers to worry that they might have crossed legal limits and to halt his questioning. But the precise number and the exact nature of the interrogation method was not previously known.
Will this be America’s legacy? That we tortured people to the point of absurdity? Can this be fixed? I was on the fence about trying to put the men responsible behind bars. After reading this, I’m not sure if there is anything else we can do. Comments would be appreciated.