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    Arrow Rep. Boehner accidentally admits the US did actually torture people. Oops.

    With "leaders" like this, who needs Limbaugh.

    While cable news outlets and major newspapers continue to use euphemisms such as "harsh interrogation tactics" to describe the Bush administration's approach to intelligence gathering, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) used a more succinct term Thursday: "torture."


    "Last week, they released these memos outlining torture techniques. That was clearly a political decision and ignored the advice of their Director of National Intelligence and their CIA director," Boehner said at a press conference in the Capitol.

    The techniques discussed include waterboarding, slamming detainees into walls, and depriving them of sleep for up to 11 days.



    Boehner's admission subtly shifts the debate. At first, the Republicans were trying to shift the debate to whether Obama helped the terrorists by publicizing the techniques we used against them (techniques that everyone already knew about, by the way). Now, Boehner is helping shift the discussion to whether it is ever appropriate for America to torture, not IF America tortured. The larger question, which Boehner has now invited, is whether American officials committed war crimes. That's a rather serious charge. And it's utterly beneath what our country is supposed to be about.

    Either we are better than the rest of the world, or we're the same, if not worse. The Republicans, and the majority of Americans, need to decide which America they want to be.

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    Sorry but where did he admit it?

    I am just reading that he says they released the memos.

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    He admitted it when he said this line:


    "Last week, they released these memos outlining torture techniques.

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    ^ Isn't that exactly what the memos have been called and been said to contain, though?

    I didn't take that as an admission, but that he was just repeating what was released.
    I guess what I should ask, would this guy even know what was in the memos?

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    ^^Yeah, but the Republicans have been trying to stay away from the word 'torture' by saying 'advanced interrogation techniques.' So by Bonehead saying 'torture' he just blew the GOP talking points out the water.

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    ^ Oh okay, I gotcha, I didn't know they were avoiding that word all together.
    Thanks for explaining.
    Carry on.

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    Boehner. Enough said.

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