Wednesday, November 28, 2007

let the eagle glub

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:

(1) huh?

(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?

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