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2/10/08

LA Times Lie: Cheney is glad America Tortures

Bush's message for McCain

(Tim Rutten)... "Vice President Dick Cheney was addressing the meat-eaters at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He told them that he was glad the administration had tortured people and that he'd do it again: "Would I support those same decisions again today? You're damn right I would."

No, actually Cheney didn't mention torture once in that speech:

"Our new strategy in Iraq has succeeded by careful planning, and by close attention to changing conditions on the battlefield. The same will be true of any drawdown of troops. On behalf of the President, I can assure you that the decision will be based on what is right for our security and best for the troops -- without regard to polls, elite opinion, or flip-flops by politicians in Washington, D.C.

From the very morning our nation was attacked on 9/11, the President of the United States has had to make some immensely enormous decisions. Every day he faces responsibilities that others would pale before. I've been there with him. I've seen him make the tough calls, and then weather the criticism and take the hits. President Bush has been tough and courageous. He's made the right decisions for the right reasons, and he always reflects the best values of the American people. I've been proud to stand by him and by the decisions he's made. And I would support those same -- and would I support those same decisions again today? You're damn right I would.

In fact Cheney has explicitly said he opposes torture:

"The United States is a country that takes human rights seriously. We do not torture; it's against our law and against our values. We're proud of our country and what it stands for, and we expect all who serve America to conduct themselves with honor; and we enforce those rules.


To gain emotional sympathy for "torture victims", YahooNews slide-show has an AFP image of ground zero with this caption:

"...The head of the CIA said Thursday it is uncertain whether the use of waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning widely condemned as torture, would be lawful if used today against Al-Qaeda detainees.

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