McCain wasn't tortured in Vietnam

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Andrew Sullivan writes that the Bushevik logic (supported by McCain) leads to this conclusion: JOHN MCCAIN WAS NOT TORTURED IN VIETNAM.

The torture that was deployed against McCain [...] involved sleep deprivation, the withholding of medical treatment, stress positions, long-time standing, and beating. Sound familiar? According to the Bush administration's definition of torture, McCain was therefore not tortured. [...]

No war crimes were committed against McCain. And the techniques used are, according to the president, tools to extract accurate information. And so the false confessions that McCain was forced to make were, according to the logic of the Bush administration, as accurate as the "intelligence" we have procured from "interrogating" terror suspects. Feel safer? [...]

Now the kicker: in the Military Commissions Act, McCain acquiesced to the use of these techniques against terror suspects by the CIA. And so the tortured became the enabler of torture. Someone somewhere cried out in pain for the same reasons McCain once did. And McCain let it continue.

I wish McCain would quit whining about his POW experience already; if we can do those things to Gitmo detainees, why don't the Vietcong get the same pass?

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