Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Today's Cartoon: President Bush Signs Law Approving Harsh Interrogation of Terror Suspects

Apparently the President of the United States is such a big fan of the "Jackass" movie franchise that they recently screened the latest movie at the White House. While this may not seem like a big deal, the "Military Commissions Act of 2006" which he has just signed into law makes me wonder if he was watching the movie for fun... or for "research".

You see, with all of the criticism the Bush Administration has received over the detention and treatment of "terrorism suspects" held at Guantanamo Bay and other (secret) facilities, the success of "Jackass Number Two" could be interpreted by White House as an indication of the kinds of publicly accepted (and critically acclaimed) forms of torture and humiliation that are still available to them (and their interrogators), under the less controversial definition of "stunts". Perhaps this is the reason why President Bush has been so quick to rule out the use of "torture", yet so hesitant to define what would be used in its place ;)

While I find it difficult to understand the logic behind the U.S. Government's desire to exercise even tougher interrogation practices on individuals who may not have even committed a crime, the spectacle of "Jackass" inspired stunts would probably be enough to keep most people from asking too many questions. I mean, it's not like the audience ever needed a reason as to why a leech was being applied to Steve-O's eye in order to enjoy it.

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