last night at the university of colorado, former attorney general john ashcroft answered a woman asking whether he would be willing to subject himself to the 'interrogation technique' called waterboarding:
"the things that i can survive," he said, "if it were necessary to do them to me, i would do."
i would like to make three points, in response:
(2) apparently in english this statement would limit a definition of 'torture' to actions one cannot survive. since 'killing' + 'murder' already pretty much cover that territory, if we accepted such a definition, the word 'torture' would be superfluous.
(3) if ashcroft is waterboarded, how do i get tickets?