But the relentless, sustained attempt to make torture permanent part of the war-powers of the president, even to the point of abusing the law beyond recognition, removes any benefit of the doubt from these people. And they did it all in secret - and lied about it when Abu Ghraib emerged. They upended two centuries of American humane detention and interrogation practices without even letting us know. And the decision to allow one man - the decider - to pre-empt and knowingly distort the rule of law in order to detain and torture anyone he wants - is a function not of conservatism, but of fascism.
There is no doubt - no doubt at all - that these tactics are torture and subject to prosecution as war crimes. We know this because the law is very clear when you don't have war criminals like AEI's John Yoo rewriting it to give one man unchecked power. We know this because the very same techniques - hypothermia, long-time standing, beating - and even the very same term "enhanced interrogation techniques" - "verschaerfte Vernehmung" in the original German - were once prosecuted by American forces as war crimes. The perpetrators were the Gestapo. The penalty was death. You can verify the history here.
We have war criminals in the White House. What are we going to do about it?
I'm glad you asked, Andrew. Let me explain to you exactly what it is that we as Americans are going to do about it:
ABSOLUTELY. FUCKING. NOTHING.
That's right. You heard me. We, collectively, as Americans, are going to do absolutely fucking nothing about it. We are all, collectively - from the bums in the gutter, all the way up to Nancy Pelosi and every last one of the rest of the supposed "Democrats" in Congress - going to flip our TVs back on, go back to watching American Idol, and pretend that we didn't know that we invaded a country and killed tens of thousands for no reason, that we didn't know we tortured people (some to death, a few of them almost certainly innocent) for no reason, that we didn't know Osama Bin Laden - the man who staged the largest terrorist on America in history - still walks free to this very day, that ultimately we "didn't know" that we as Americans are now the moral equivalent of the "good Germans" who stood by and did nothing while Hitler waged a war of naked fascist aggression all across Europe, killing thousands based on nothing more than his own sick whims. In short, we are ALL going to close our eyes and pretend that that this whole thing never, ever happened.
And there is abso-fucking-lutely nothing that you, or anyone else, can do about it. Because this is what those insane, arrogant, power-mad, sociopaths in DC have decided to do. And if you think - if you think for one fucking second - that they give two tugs of a dead dog's cock about what you, or your neighbor, any citizen of this country, or anyone anywhere thinks about their unjustified wars of aggression, of their policies of death by torture, of their blatant and shameless destruction of our constitution and our republic... they're you're far, far stupider than I ever gave you credit for being.
Here's American Gladiators. Here's 56 fucking channels of it! GO BACK TO SLEEP!