Those Freudian Slips Are a Bitch


House Minority Leader John Boehner, talking about the release of the OLC torture memos:

While cable news outlets and major newspapers continue to use euphemisms such as “harsh interrogation tactics” to describe the Bush administration’s approach to intelligence gathering, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) used a more succinct term Thursday: “torture.”

“Last week, they released these memos outlining torture techniques. That was clearly a political decision and ignored the advice of their Director of National Intelligence and their CIA director,” Boehner said at a press conference in the Capitol.

The techniques discussed include waterboarding, slamming detainees into walls, and depriving them of sleep for up to 11 days.

Boehner argued that a discussion of such torture techniques was “inappropriate,” as it could tip off U.S. enemies to the tactics used and “denigrate” the United States and its allies. Torture is illegal under U.S. and international law.

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… Boehner spokesman Michael Steel writes, “It is clear from the context that Boehner was simply using liberals’ verbiage to describe these interrogation techniques. The United States does not torture.”

No, it’s clear from the context that John Boehner had a close encounter with the truth. It’s a powerful experience.

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