Illustrating that he just doesn't get it, Jeb Bush won't rule out using torture. He argues that the tactics are effective.
Here are a few technicalities that Jeb needs to consider ...
1) The U.S. Supreme Court held in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006) that detainees captured in the war on terrorism are protected by Art. 3 of the Geneva Conventions.
2) Water boarding also falls under the descriptions outlined in the 1987 “Convention Against Torture ...” which tells us that water boarding is ILLEGAL.
3) (For the Christians) Unless you’re partial to the Old Testament, I’m not sure Jesus would approve.
But wait, there’s more.
The U.S. has a history of pursuing convictions against military personnel for conducting water boarding on U.S. soldiers, and against the enemy.
1) We convicted Japanese soldiers for using water boarding on U.S. servicemen during WW II. Seitara Hata received 25 years of hard labor for his acts.
2) Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson tells us after a photo of a U.S. soldier waterboarding a prisoner was shown by the Washington Post in 1968 an investigation was conducted by the U.S. Military and a court martial followed.
Then we have this stubborn point. In 2012 the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report that concluded harsh interrogation tactics used by the CIA did not produce significant intelligence breakthroughs. Interrogators helped bolster this point when they later confirmed that torture was ineffective in securing the information they wanted.
For those of you interested in reading more, here's a list of 10 torture myths that are debunked.