You can almost imagine the delight on Eric "All Real Libertarians are Republican conservatives" Dondero's face as he wrote the recent post about Rohrabacher gets it right! Putting panties on a Terrorist Suspect's head does not constitute "Torture".
In it, Dondero quotes the Newsmax story:
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Wednesday dismissed the idea that taunting terrorism suspects with women's panties is a form of torture.
In a debate about detainee treatment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the California Republican cited panties eight times, arguing that making suspected terrorists wear women's underwear on their heads isn't demeaning and degrading enough to be called torture.
"You're suggesting that the behavior of, what, panties on his head ... is unacceptable interrogation technique for a man who was involved in a conspiracy to kill tens of thousands of Americans?" Rohrabacher asked during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.
Rohrabacher was taking issue with FBI complaints about inappropriate and potentially illegal tactics used to get al-Qaida detainees to talk in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks. He said interrogation-by-panties was more akin to a "hazing pranks from some fraternity," not torture.
This is my favorite line: making suspected terrorists wear women's underwear on their heads isn't demeaning and degrading enough to be called torture.
Let me explain something to the intellectually and ethically challenged Dondero and Rohrabacher:
The United States did not find it necessary to torture enemy prisoners in World War Two, the largest and most desperate conflict in world history. We did not torture Hermann Goering or Wilhelm Keitel. The Israelis did not torture Adolf Eichmann. We did not torture people during the Cold War, when our enemies possessed the power to kill more than 100 million Americans in 90 minutes.
Even though the founding premise of Libertarianism is non-aggression, I don't claim my position results from that. It comes from something more basic.
As an American I want to belong to a society that is too stinking proud to torture our prisoners.
No, scratch that. I demand to belong to a society that is too stinking proud to torture our prisoners.
I don't generally adopt the position taken by many Libertarians who purport to have the right to exclude or include anyone else as a Libertarian based on their own beliefs, but in this case I will make an exception: neither Dana Rohrabacher nor Eric Dondero has a legitimate claim on an ideology that foreswears aggression and harm to others.