Should Sean Hannity Be Water-Boarded?
Sean Hannity (joked?) that he'd let himself be water boarded as a charity event. Keith Olbermann's since pursued the remark and offered to donate $1000 to charity per-second that Hannity submits himself to waterboarding. Hannity's not yet accepted the offer.
So, should Hannity go through with it? He doesn't think it's torture, or that it creates "permanent physical harm", so if he's right then he shouldn't have anything to lose, and a lot to gain through charitable contributions to the troops.
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I don't have to see somebody water boarded to give to charity. There are better ways to raise funds. Like just choosing to give without making it a personal attack against somebody.
Olberman wants to see Hannity water boarded.
Olberman doesn't want to see terrorists get water boarded.
Don't you see what's wrong here?
My first question is: How could this have been a joke? He said, in no uncertain terms, "I'd do it for charity. I'd do it for the families of the troops.". Now there are offers on the table. Now's his chance to support his own knee-jerk (and personally unfounded - until he goes through with it) ideological claim that waterboarding is not torture.
If he was joking, I don't think he should be offering to raise money for men and women in uniform in the process. Best case scenario: the guy can't tell a joke. Worst case scenario: he's a blowhard who doesn't even believe his own tripe.
So, personal opinion, but the guy just sucks. It would be like watching the guy who uses the shoulder to cut around you in traffic or the guy next door who plays Hells Bells every night at 3am get what's coming to him (um...voluntarily). Pretty gratifying on a secretly indulgent level, really. I also would like to see Donald Trump get punched in the face, but until he offers to do it for charity, I suppose I'm just going to have to keep writing letters to pitch show ideas to The Apprentice..
Yes, if he consents, waterboard him, and then he can be enlightened to what "a little water on your face" can actually do to you. If I were him, I woudn't do it. why? Because its torture and it can seriously affect your health in many way by being put under the intense amount of stress a near death situation can cause.
The only reason people are defending waterboarding is because they have linked these practices to their own political ideology, therefore, if you are republican you are more likely to hold that opinion because you're a partisan, you will defend "the party" at the cost of the country.
General freaking Patreus, the darling of the right, has said we violated the GENEVA CONVENTIONS.
THERE YOU HAVE IT.
You're absolutely right. We should conduct ourselves the way we do in our prison system.
Btw, our prison system is governed by the Constitution, which stipulates no "cruel and unusual" punishments. We don't water board prisoners in jail, even if we think they might "know" something about a crime, because it would be cruel and unusual.
Torture is just as illegal if done to a citizen or non citizen. General Patreus just said we violated the Geneva Conventions. He's a four star general so i'll take his opinion quite seriously. if we, by his words, violated the Geneva Convention, we tortured. It is as simple as that.
Torture is not a partisan issue to be debated. That debate was settled 50 years ago.
I have to admit, I mainly created this debate just out of curiosity to see if all the right-wingers around here would chose subjecting their icon to a treatment they claim is harmless, over donating to a cause they believe in.
Apparently, you think it's harmful enough to void giving to charity, which, coincidentally, is also my perspective.
Thanks for clearing up where your priorities lie.