This kind of caught my attention this morning because I have been poking around the aftermath of the various political talking heads out there.
And Greg Ball caught my eye with his spectacularly bad idea.
Greg Ball seems to have gained his personality by aping a Chuck Norris joke and learnt policy making through episodes of 24 and the West Wing. Apparently this is par for “his course”.
Firstly? Torture doesn’t work. The fact that John McCain exists within the Republican party is a testament to the uselessness of torture. Why doesn’t it work? Because the quality of answer is unknown. The person could lie, or tell the truth or make things up in response to the torture or simply not give away real information. All torture does is create antipathy and hate. Even in the “War on Terror” ™ there was no indication that torture works. In fact, Greg here is thinking that pistol whipping a suspect somehow gives you information rather than an injured suspect and maybe a broken gun. In John McCain’s case the only thing torture managed to achieve was make it hard to put a shirt on unaided.
Secondly? It’s back to that “Aping Chuck Norris” joke. It’s like Greg has seen the ‘Merica Sub-Reddit and assumed that the face of ‘Merica is uneducated, short sighted and revenge laden. What are you going to get from torturing this guy? Fuck Nothing. That’s what. Proper detective work and construction of crime scenes capture the suspect. Not torture. Because the problem with torture is that it’s a slippery slope. Because Greg Ball thinks legalised torture is only for muslims. And that innocent people are never arrested.
Thirdly? It’s not going to save lives. It just makes it look like the government is willing to harm someone you don’t like in order to claim to keep you safe. It’s a revenge fantasy.
Lastly? It’s a call for the torture of a 19 year old citizen of the USA. Like it or not the problem here is that this is DOMESTIC terrorism. It’s highly immoral and probably highly illegal and sets a precedence. A dangerous one where torture of Americans is acceptable.
Dear Americans, please vote for intelligent people. When you vote for men such as Greg Ball to lead you then you elect men who have no grasp of what the repercussions of their actions mean. They are short sighted and espouse violence at the drop of a hat.
They should not be in charge of the law.