Trump and ISIS Like To Use Torture. Washington and Muhammad Did Not

Source: Huffington Post

Sociologist, Speaker, Writer

Donald Trump recently told the world that he would absolutely use torture if he were the next President of the U.S. Actually, he stated that he would “approve more than that.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Donald Trump, the “going beyond torture” candidate for President.

Whenever I think about torture, I turn to the late author Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens approved the U.S./U.K. invasion of Iraq, which by no means makes him a hero among peace activists or sane human beings in general. But in 2008, Hitchens earned a few notches in my book by putting himself through the “waterboarding experiment.” Here is what he wrote in an article for Vanity Fair:

You may have read by now the official lie about [waterboarding], which is that it “simulates” the feeling of drowning. This is not the case. You feel that you are drowning because you are drowning — or, rather, being drowned, albeit slowly and under controlled conditions and at the mercy (or otherwise) of those who are applying the pressure.

Our next potential president — the so-called leader of the “free world” and proponent of human rights loves the idea of drowning people to death. This is disturbing. The media would never say it, but Trump is acting like ISIS.

I can only imagine the number of Americans who support Trump’s call for torture. I do not have a precise number, but I can guess the number is too high, too high, especially among Republicans. Trump and his supporters often rant about “keeping America safe” and “defending the homeland and our allies,” which (to be fair) is all good and fine, but who is to say that torture is in-line with “American values”?

George Washington, the first President of the U.S., would not agree with Trump or his gang on the issue of waterboarding. In a letter dated September 14, 1775 to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Washington ordered his soldiers to treat British prisoners of war “with humanity, and let them have no reason to complain of our copying the brutal example of the British Army in their treatment of our unfortunate brethren who have fallen into their hands.”

As Commander-in-Chief, Washington refused to lower himself to the wretched actions of his British enemies. He commanded Americans to behave with compassion and justice. It is a far, far cry from Trump, who would use torture with a sense of pride, like he was doing something enjoyable or heroic.

Washington is rolling over in his grave.

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6 replies

  1. Please Muslims do not blame Trump for his policy.Let us mirror our self.

    Actually, Educated Muslim should blame Islamic ultraconservative states;

    1. They apply the harsh punishment at front public square.

    2. They discriminate harshly non Muslim and non Muslim women.

    3. They ban Christians and Jews to build their place for worship.

    4. They force women who travel their countries to cover their hair in public.

    5. They do not allow non Muslim to hold the position in Government and join army or police etc

    So, think honestly who start to do the bad things?

    I suggestion is, if you want to reject Trump’s policy, please speak up loudly and demand all Islamic counties who practice the act of discrimination and the harsh punishment in public square.

    So Mr Trump has the right to do the same things as Islamic extremist states

    Let us mirror our self.

    Was Salam

  2. Trump on waterboarding: ‘We have to fight fire with fire’

    Source: CNN

    By Dan Merica

    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said he wants to “fight fire with fire” when it comes to stopping terrorism, suggesting that he could be open to bringing back torture because he “absolutely” believes it works.
    By reinstating enhanced interrogation, Trump would violate a US law ratified by the Senate in 2015 and go against the view of Defense Secretary James Mattis. CIA Director Mike Pompeo told senators earlier this month that he wouldn’t sanction the use of torture, though he later said he would consider bringing back waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation measures under certain circumstances.

    In an interview with ABC News, Trump said “people at the highest level of intelligence” have told him that torture does work, something military experts have refuted. He went on to say, however, that he will listen to what his Cabinet secretaries have to say about the issue.

    “When ISIS is doing things that no one has ever heard of, since medieval times, would I feel strongly about waterboarding?” Trump said. “As far as I’m concerned, we have to fight fire with fire.”
    Trump’s argument was that ISIS is beheading people and posting the videos online, but that the United States is “not allowed to do anything.”

    “We’re not playing on an even field,” Trump said. “I want to do everything within the bounds of what you’re allowed to do legally. But do I feel it works? Absolutely, I feel it works.”

    Democrats and Republicans alike have shot down the idea of bringing back torture methods that were used by the Bush administration after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

    Pompeo said earlier this month that he would “absolutely not” restart the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation tactics that fall outside of Army Field Manuals.

    “Moreover, I can’t imagine I would be asked that by the President-elect,” Pompeo said during his confirmation hearing.

    But in a series of written responses to questions from members of the Senate intelligence committee, Pompeo later said that while current permitted interrogation techniques are limited to those contained in the Army Field Manual, he was open to making changes to that policy.

    The Senate voted overwhelming to ban torture across the US government in 2015, codifying a ban President Barack Obama issued by executive order shortly after he was sworn in in 2009. Obama then signed the updated defense authorization bill into law.

    Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, said the use of torture is “settled law” and that “Congress has spoken.”

    The Senate intelligence committee produced a nearly 7,000-page classified report on torture, detention and interrogation after the George W. Bush administration brought back the practice. The authors of the report found the practice was ineffective and did not produce actionable intelligence.
    “Reconstituting this appalling program would compromise our values, our morals and our standing as a world leader — this cannot happen,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said in a statement on Wednesday. “We can’t base national security policies on what works on television — policies must be grounded in reality.”

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