We can count on the House conservatives to fight the good fight for reason and common sense:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In an abrupt reversal, a U.S. House of Representatives committee narrowly voted on Wednesday to endorse President George W. Bush’s plan for tough interrogations and trials of foreign terrorism suspects after Republicans rounded up enough members.
About an hour earlier, the House Judiciary Committee rejected Bush’s plan, with three Republicans joining committee Democrats. Embarrassed Republicans then summoned absent members, called for another vote, and approved it 20-19.
Bush’s bill, which critics said would result in inhumane interrogations and unfair trials, has met even stiffer resistance in the Senate, and the White House is trying to work out a compromise.
We cannot afford to be soft on terrorists who have information we need to protect our country and citizens. Using tough interrogation techniques is not torture. We’re not talking about pulling out detainee’s fingernails or strapping them to “the rack” or having them drawn and quartered.
According to Brian Ross, who was on Bill O’Reilly tonight, the harshest technique is water boarding, which most of the detainees can’t tolerate for more than 20 or so seconds. Apparently, Ramzi Binalsheibh broke down very quickly and started sobbing. Khalid Sheik Muhammed took almost 2 1/2 minutes before he broke. Because of water boarding, fourteen plots were thrwarted and, as a result, countless American lives were saved.
Update: Hot Air has the video of Brian Ross’ interview on Bill O’Reilly tonight.
Update II: Mary Katharine Ham is also covering Brian Ross’ appearance on Bill O’Reilly.
Added: Some people still insist calling water boarding torture. Not true. Did anyone see the second episode of “24”? The very first scene of the first episode included a man who was tortured for information. He was strapped to a table, I think, and his feet were in bags of what I assumed was acid and various parts of his body where terribly beaten and bloodied. I think even some of his teeth were pulled out.
That is torture. Having water poured over your face to mimick the sensation of drowning may be scary as hell, but it’s not torture.