I understand why the protesters were so upset about the deficits. While they maybe minded them during the Bush years, they are going to get worse now before they get better, and their aims will be much more liberal in scope. What I honestly don’t get is that people can think letting the Bush tax cuts expire is a form of fascism, but that none of the anger I’ve seen has been about the torture memos just released. What’s more indicative of government bureaucrat making up ways to subvert liberty on the fly – a three percent increase in a marginal tax rate, or The Bybee Memo?
As we explained in the Section 2340A Memorandum, “pain and suffering” as used in Section 2340 is best understood as a single concept, not distinct concepts of “pain” as distinguished from “suffering”… The waterboard, which inflicts no pain or actual harm whatsoever, does not, in our view inflict “severe pain or suffering”. Even if one were to parse the statute more finely to treat “suffering” as a distinct concept, the waterboard could not be said to inflict severe sufering. The waterboard is simply a controlled acute episode, lacking the connotation of a protracted period of time generally given to suffering.
Check that out. Some government cubicle guy, when told to find a reason to allow waterboarding, came up with the “workaround” that pain and suffering are one concept, not two. Oh, and if they are two, we are still fine. But they are not. Banal and terrifying.