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Let's Waterboard Our Enemies



Simply put, waterboarding is not torture [“Tort Torture,” Private Eye, June 18, City Weekly]. You seem to be such a nice little pacifist toward the likes of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the three terrorists waterboarded at Guantanamo Bay, and the mastermind of 9/11. “Oh, poor Khalid was waterboarded,” you say. He seems to be doing just fine to me!

Also, it was Mohammed who beheaded Daniel Pearl in Iraq. Why do liberals like Saltas feel so much compassion toward evil scumbags like Mohammed? I guarantee you, that Mohammed wouldn’t show the same kind of respect and compassion toward you. Just ask Daniel Pearl—whoops, you can’t do that, because he’s dead! He’d just as soon see Saltas dead, too. I’m certain he’s collaborating with Osama bin Laden as we speak for their next attack. We should’ve taken him out and wasted him.

Taking a terrorist through our civilian courts is nuts, and there’s no constitutional muster to back up such a ploy. Terrorists captured on the field of battle should be dealt with through a military tribunal, not a civilian court. Judges in our court system have no constitutional authority to make such asinine and unconstitutional decisions. It’s strictly a military decision—or, at least, it should be.

Beheading someone or shoving a tire iron up someone else’s ass is torture. You can’t compare waterboarding to either of these two forms of torture. In fact, the military goes through intense waterboarding exercises before the servicemen and -women are sent to their respective fields of duty. If you don’t believe me, just ask any Marine, Green Beret or Navy Seal.

This nonsense that waterboarding will cause our enemies to torture our soldiers is just that: It’s nonsense. They would torture our soldiers regardless of what we do at Guantanamo Bay.

Ken Thomas
Salt Lake City