What’s this? Since when did President Obama come out in support of Terrorist Entomophobiacs?
The U.S. Justice Department … released censored versions of some previously-secret legal memos that outlined what could and could not be done when interrogating terror suspects during President Bush’s administration. Much of it by now is old news: waterboarding (which represented the “threat of imminent death” to a suspect but wasn’t considered torture because there was no evidence it caused lasting mental harm), keeping detainees naked for some time, making them stand in stress positions. But others include slamming them into walls, keeping their cells cold, prolonged shackling, and putting a caterpillar into a detainee’s “confinement box.” (Suspect Abu Zubaydah, bin Laden’s lieutenant and a top Al Qaeda offcer, had a particularly nasty fear of even harmless bugs.) The techniques were used on 14 high-level suspected terrorists.
Oooh! It’s torture! Mr. President, this form of interrogation you call “torture,” others call fun. I am comfortable in my skin knowing that sticking a bug in a hole with a bigger bug to attain information is not torture. It’s a short comedy film.