This is what evil is, folks:
"According to the former agent, waterboarding of terror suspect Abu Zubaydah got him to talk in less than 35 seconds. The technique, which critics say is torture, probably disrupted "dozens" of planned al-Qaida attacks, said John Kiriakou, a leader of the team that captured Abu Zubaydah, a major al-Qaida figure.
Kiriakou did not explain how he knew who approved the interrogation technique but said such approval comes from top officials. He did not witness or participate in the waterboarding, he said.
Evil isn't the moustache-twisting Snidely Whiplash who ties Teh Heroine to the train tracks and skulks away chortling viciously.
Evil isn't HAWT NEKKID CHIXXORS where tender young minds might see them.
Evil isn't "The Golden Compass" and people expressing a reservation or two about the absolute benefits of religious belief.
Evil isn't wishing someone "Happy Holidays" (no matter what Bill O'Reilly thinks).
Evil sneaks up on you on lil' satanic cat feet, suggesting that violating people, oh, MIGHT WELL be necessary every now and then For The Greater Good. So they didn't get hurt - much. Not on the outside, anyway. So they thought they were dying? Boo-yah, we saved some lives, maybe. Let's do it some more, we'll save some more lives!
What's next? Homosexual rape? Hell, as LONG AS IT DOESN'T KILL 'EM, if it saves lives - of course!
Cutting off limbs? What's a limb or two on a FANATICAL TERRORIST KILLER as opposed to saving lives?
Kill them? Well, if it's necessary, of course! You wouldn't want INNOCENT LIVES put at risk by these EVIL MEN, would you?
Hell, maybe their way of thinking poses a threat. Wouldn't the world be better off with fewer of THOSE PEOPLE running aound making trouble?
Next thing you know you're being escorted past a big pile of corpses and being asked by the occupation forces why the hell you didn't SAY something for god's sake.
I remember back, just after 9/11, when Reasonable Liberals were telling us maybe, just maybe, torture was now justified. Not that they expected anyone to use it, of course! They were just making an intellectual arguement for its use, keeping it on the table as it were.
And where are we now? A "debate" on "harsh interrogation techniques". Pussyfooting around the fact that waterboarding is torture (regardless of whether or not our new AG is willing to admit it) and defending it on the grounds that "it worked".
Well, can I see the evidence?
Of course not. That's classified. State secret. Just be reassured that these people were bad men and deserved what they got and we can all sleep secure knowing good men will do whatever needs to be done to defend The Homeland.
Pardon me if I'm just a little doubtful, given the less-than-stellar track record these guys have assimilated over the last few years.
But what do I know? I'm stupid enough to think that there are indeed things that Are Wrong And Should Not Be Done, and making someone think they're being killed to get them to talk is one of them.