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Clinton: Terrorist Info Not Worth Belly Slaps

From the terrorist lovers at Reuters:

Bill Clinton warns against wide torture approval

By Randall Mikkelsen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined a chorus of critics of Bush administration proposals for treating suspected terrorists, saying it would be unnecessary and wrong to give broad approval to torture.

In an interview with National Public Radio aired on Thursday, Clinton said any decision to use harsh treatment in interrogating suspects should be subject to court review.

"You don’t need blanket advance approval for blanket torture," Clinton said.

Clinton was president during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and attacks on U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and on the USS Cole, all linked to al Qaeda. Critics accused him of doing too little to contain a growing threat of terrorism…

"The president says he’s just trying to get the rules clear about how far the CIA can go when they’re when they whacking these people around in these secret prisons," Clinton said in NPR’s "Morning Edition" interview, recorded on Wednesday.

"If you go around passing laws that legitimize a violation of the Geneva Convention and institutionalize what happened at Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo, we’re going to be in real trouble," he said.

Like other critics, he said information obtained with harsh treatment may be unreliable and adopting abusive practices could lead to captured U.S. troops being subjected to the same.

Even if there were circumstances where such treatment is necessary to prevent an imminent attacks, Clinton said: "You don’t make laws based on that. You don’t sit there and say in general torture’s fine if you’re a terrorist suspect. For one thing, we know we have erred in who was a real suspect."

From the smartest President in history (until we get President Rodham):

"You don’t need blanket advance approval for blanket torture," Clinton said.

You can tell he has put a lot of thought into this. Of course the practices Clinton is now objecting to were accepted while he was President without a peep from him.

Not that he ever bothered to have them used, unless they were employed to get dirt on his enemies — which of course does not include terrorists.

Lest we forget, the " tortures " we are talking about "shirt grabbing," "belly slaps" and playing loud music. But if it is a choice between such atrocities and another 9/11, Mr. Clinton would prefer we have the latter.

Which is one of the reasons we had 9/11 in the first place.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 21st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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