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by FiveBoxes Staff | 2008-02-18 18:19 

The controversial interrogation technique known as waterboarding and used by the United States qualifies as torture, the U.N. human rights chief said on Friday.”I would have no problems with describing this practice as falling under the prohibition of torture,” the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, told a news conference in Mexico City.Arbour made her comment in response to a question about whether U.S. officials could be tried for the use of waterboarding that referred to CIA director Michael Hayden telling Congress on Tuesday his agency had used waterboarding on three detainees captured after the September 11 attacks.

Violators of the U.N. Convention against Torture should be prosecuted under the principle of ‘universal jurisdiction’ which allows countries to try accused war criminals from other nations, Arbour said.

Again, another anti-American power-grab by the United Nations. Citizens of the United Sates should be subject only to the laws of the United States, and are entitled to the rights provided them by the Constitution. Period. We should not allow our citizens to be threatened by international courts who are aligned against our interests as a sovereign nation.

No one objected to U.S. troops being tortured in Vietnam, in Iran (after the fall of the Shah in 1979), in Iraq in 1991, nor when militants were beheading Americans in Pakistan (Daniel Pearl) and Iraq (after the fall of Saddam.) Where was the outrage when the North Vietnamese were sticking sharpened bamboo shoots under the fingernails of American pilots, or dislocating their shoulders? There wasn’t any, nor will there ever be.

Waterboarding is used specifically because it causes no physical harm, yet due to its psychological effects it gets results. Oh, and the way waterboarding has been portrayed, you’d think we are taking every prisoner and subjecting them to this for 15 hours a day. In reality, it was the three most heinous al Qaeda prisoners, and the total time for all three amounted to about five minutes. But according to the United Nations, the U.S. needs to be lumped in with Hitler’s Germany and Stalinist Russia.

The U.N. is, and always has been, counter to the sovereignty of the United States. How long will we continue letting them threaten the sovereignty of this nation?

Full article: U.N. says waterboarding should be prosecuted as torture


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