One word, everyone. Waterboarding.
Although I think I will probably upset some people with this, I hope my message will resonate with at least a few and at least make some people think about the state of who we are as a country, and where we are as a society.
In the wake of the Boston bombings, we are reminded about this truly bizarre time we live in. This is not President Obama's fault. This is not President Bush's fault. This is just simply our enemies who choose to engage innocent civilians on our own soil; and this is the aftermath.
So how should we respond?
Today, something different happened than we are used to on the big news stories of the day. Instead of the perpetrators dying in some bloody gun battle... we got one in custody.
We have one of the men responsible for killing and injuring so many now in custody. We have a man responsible for the lost children, adults and innocent bystanders who wanted to simply watch their loved ones and fellow citizens finish the Boston Marathon now in custody. We have a man responsible for so many losing legs, arms, and fingers now in custody.
He will now have to stand up (as many from that day now can not), and take the consequences for his actions. He will HOPEFULLY feel the rath of the American justice system come down on his little jihad parade.
But I think when we are faced with such bloodshed and cowardly tactics to take INNOCENT lives... we should respond in kind. Torture? No. Waterboarding? Yes. And it's a proven tactic that works. We are not dealing with petty theft here. We are dealing with men (presumably two at this point) who did a cowardly act, and should PAY for what they did.
One already paid the ultimate price for his "Jihad" while the other fights for his life and his fate hangs in the balance. I hope he lives... and I hope he is treated like the war criminal and enemy combatant that he is. I strongly hope he undergoes what I feel is needed in this situation, in hopes to gain any and all intelligence this twisted 19 year old has in his head. Yes, waterboard this idiot. Because a little water splashed on his face is nothing compared to losing limbs from an explosion riddled with ball bearing and metal shards in a pressure cooker.
Although it's heavily disputed, Leon Panetta himself said waterboarding was used to garner intelligence that led to the capture of Bin Laden. (Source: http://www.theblackvault.com/m/news/vie ... aden-Video
) So we know it works, and if any situation called for it - this is it. Could Boston be just the beginning? Could the Boston Brother Bombers be 2 of many? We need to know. I want to know. As Americans, we deserve to ALL know.
If anyone disagrees - that's fine. But I urge you to take a look at the photos and videos of the attack. Watch the men, women and children who did absolutely nothing get blown up on the side of the street. Can you really say waterboarding isn't warranted? (Documents related to interrogation techniques of terrorists: http://www.theblackvault.com/m/articles ... Techniques
But just know that I'd be the one to fill the first bucket, and not think twice.