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Tillis joins Burr in support for stifling the truth on torture

Thom TillisWell, this is off to a good start. Senator-elect Thom Tillis is already staking  out a less-than-courageous profile in his new job by essentially parroting the absurd remarks of his new colleague Richard Burr on the CIA torture report and attempting to make it a partisan issue — even though people of both major parties clearly bear responsibility for the atrocities.

Tillis gets a small measure of credit for admitting the torture — what he calls “those practices” — was wrong, but then he makes the illogical assertion that releasing the information will hurt American “credibility.”

Uh, excuse us Senator-elect. but here’s what will enhance American credibility going forward: telling the truth and not torturing people. As this morning’s editorial in the Wilmington Star News correctly notes:

“We pride ourselves on our sense of morality, justice and humanity, and should feel shame that the inhumane tactics described in the report were sanctioned on our behalf.

Moreover, they didn’t work. The report, which was gleaned from more than 6 million pages of information, found that in most cases subjecting enemy combatants to brutality produced no useful information.

That is hardly a revelation. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who spent 51/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, has repeatedly denounced torture and other harsh tactics as cruel and ineffective. His observations have been backed up by experienced military interrogators who said that many captives will make up stories or offer bad information just to stop the physical or mental pain….

We cannot profess to be of superior moral fiber if we embrace the same disregard for human life and dignity that compels us to label terrorists as evil.”

Unlike Richard Burr, North Carolina’s new senator has six years to worry about re-election. You’d think he could take a break from partisan demagoguery for at least the first few months of his time in D.C.

4 Comments


  1. Sally Buckner

    December 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Has anyone asked Burr for specifics about his attack on the torture report? His comments wouldn’t pass on a paper in my freshman compl classes because they’re way too general.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    December 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Now we finally have two senators on the correct side of things. What a relief! Things are much better in NC now!

  3. Charles Hogan

    December 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    You can alway tell when you have caught is Repug in a lie , They respond like a stray dog. they loudly bark their denial and then redirect their blame/anger at another target.

  4. Alan

    December 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    LSD, who does #2 work for?

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