Posted by CODEPINK Staff
Dick Cheney & Torture Team Laugh It Off!
"They're wrong. Waterboarding is torture," Obama said. "Anybody who has actually read about and understands the practice of waterboarding would say that that is torture. And that's not something we do -- period." --Laura MacInnis, Reuters
In March 2008, hundreds gathered in Washington DC for the Winter Soldier gathering to hear eyewitness accounts of the US-occupation of Iraq given by military service men and women. Former Army Sergeant Domingo Rosas gave a first person account of handling Iraqi prisoners and implementing the torture technique of sleep deprivation while prisoners were held inside a shipping container. He describes the mishandling of dead bodies and witnessing the horrific torture of prisoners by government agents. Watch Former Army Sergeant Domingo Rosas chilling testimony!
Five years later, inside the luxurious Plaza Hotel in New York City, torture supporter & former VP Dick Cheney was celebrated or roasted by colleagues at an event sponsored by the Commentary magazine. Apparently, the roast went sour when presenters made obscene jokes about waterboarding. Buzzfeed's Ben Smith writes, “There were some waterboarding jokes that were really tasteless,” the guest said. “I can see the case for enhanced interrogation techniques after Sept. 11 but I can’t really endorse sitting there drinking wine and fancy dinner at the Plaza laughing uproariously about it.”
On December 15, 2011, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta declared the war in Iraq over. Even though the war is officially over, there's nothing funny about torture, the murder of over 100,00 innocent Iraqis, the killing of over 4,000 soldiers and the trillions of dollars wasted. Yet Dick Cheney and his band of torture advocates live freely in the United States cracking jokes.
- Support the efforts of the Lawyers Against War in Canada calling on PM Stephen Harper to bar Dick Cheney from Canada and to arrest him on entry!
- Protest Dick Cheney in Toronto, Oct. 31, 2013!