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  •  Hate to be the wet blanket (5+ / 0-)

    but according to our declaration on the U.N Convention for Torture, it's only torture if we say it is.  This is the entirety of the Bush strategy:  To not define torture or admit certain enhanced techniques are torture.

    Since 2004, the Convention has received new attention in the world press because of the stress and duress interrogation techniques used on detainees by United States military personnel, most notably at the Abu Ghraib prison and Bagram prison. The United States ratified the Convention, but lodged a declaration that "... nothing in this Convention requires or authorizes legislation, or other action, by the United States of America prohibited by the Constitution of the United States as interpreted by the United States."[4] The reason for this is that the United States Government lacks constitutional authority to enter into any treaty that violates any civil rights or other provisions within the Constitution of the United States.[5] Torture is illegal within the United States and is illegal if practised by American military personnel anywhere at any time.[6][7]

    It is, of course, a perversion of the declaration's language, which has the intent to further limit techniques as allowed by the Constitution, not to expand the types of techniques we can use.

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