Rudy Clueless On Torture
by Jeff Dinelli
Rudy Giuliani was in Iowa last night and displayed his utter stupidity regarding what torture is, namely questioning if waterboarding is really torture, and laughing at the idea of sleep deprivation being harmful at all.
First the issue of waterboarding. Rudy responded to a question by Linda Gustitus, president of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture by saying, "It depends on how it’s done. It depends on the circumstances. It depends on who does it." He questioned the accuracy of how waterboarding has been described by "the liberal media" as being what is actually going on.
"America should not allow torture," Giuliani said. "But America should engage in aggressive questioning of Islamic terrorists who are arrested or who are apprehended."
"The line between the two is very delicate and very difficult," he said. "But we can’t abandon aggressive questioning of people who are intent on coming here to kill us."
He did admit that torture violates the Geneva Convention, but in the same breath said that when you're dealing with terrorists, stretching the law may be required.
Gustitus was less than pleased with Rudy's answer to her question. "Waterboarding is a very defined treatment," she said, "and it’s been torture since the Spanish Inquisition."
And sleep deprivation? What a joke, Rudy opined. "They talk about sleep deprivation," he said. "I mean, on that theory, I’m getting tortured running for president of the United States. That’s plain silly. That’s silly."
As Steve pointed out below, Rudy = more of the same, with the added feature that Rudy has the audacity to actually scoff and make jokes about torturing people.