When did torture become a good thing? Why would Republican presidential candidates embrace the use of torture to win voter support?
Only two of the Republican primary contenders, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman, spoke out against waterboarding and named it torture. Only two of eight.
Waterboarding , or water torture, is illegal under international law. It is illegal under U.S. law. After World War II, the United States convicted a number of Japanese officers for torturing captured American servicemen by waterboarding. Great Britain prosecuted another group of Japanese officers who had tortured British soldiers using this technique, and sentenced them to death.
Americans in the past used the enemies’ torture of prisoners as a defining aspect of evil. Again, when did this change?
Many people feel like we have to give former President George W. Bush a pass on his decision to allow torture during the War on Terror. Setting the issue of war crimes aside, is allowing torture where we want to go as a country?