Writing about the mass murder by al-Qaeda-infatuated Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, a blogger at Firedoglake invokes the evil spirit of Bush/Cheney, Will There Be A Push To Torture Nidal Hasan?:
Had this horrible tragedy occurred while George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were still in office, I have no doubt that Cheney would have pushed very hard for Bush to declare Hasan an illegal enemy combatant so that he could be held without charges and subjected to torture. This torture would, in time, produce a confession of an al Qaeda connection by Hasan and he likely would implicate many other people with additional plots. Because they were produced under torture, however, such statements would forever be tainted by the known tendency of torture victims to make false confessions in an attempt to stop the torture….
I think that it is urgent that the government take several immediate steps to prevent the appearance of torture or a coerced confession from Hasan….
The world is watching. Will Hasan receive due process or will he be tortured?
You can’t make this stuff up. Except they always do.
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