Obama nominee calls waterboarding “torture.” Do you agree?

100 Days Campaign
aterboarding is torture,” said Eric Holder, Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, in his nomination hearing yesterday.
    Holder’s comment comes on the heels of Susan J. Crawford’s admission that torture was used at Gitmo. Crawford, the convening authority for the Guantanamo military commissions, made her statements in an interview we discussed Thursday on OurValues.org.

    Our readers made several comments about the admission of American torture. “I feel absolutely sickened that we have engaged in torture,” says Brian Krenz. “I don’t understand why this is even controversial — torture is wrong, period…. Torture is as un-American as you can get.”
    William Courson wrote, “Those who use torture to — as they claim — fight terrorism do their cause no favor. Because of the illegal, inhumane actions of the Bush Administration and its minions, the lives of every American — soldier and civilian — are put in greater danger than would be the case had the detainees been treated in accordance with the long-established international laws of war.”
    Allan Schnaiberg put it this way: “Gitmo has been a large dark blot on an otherwise heavily-stained recent history…”
    “Sorry, but I don’t agree,” says Eoghan. “I don’t believe criminals should be allowed constitutional rights. If a prisoner believes in terrorism, I believe they should be treated with torture.”

    How do you feel about Holder’s statement?
    Is it welcome relief? A sign that Obama will truly break with the past?

The image today is from the “100 Days Campaign,” a group of activists in Washington D.C. pushing for the closing of Guantanamo and an end to American use of torture. To read more about this major issue in the news, visit ReadTheSpirit.com today, where there is a related article.

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