There are just so many reasons for people to happy about the news of U.S. military's successful raid on Osama bin Laden's suburban compound, but probably the best reason is that it gives us all a good reason to finally embrace torture as the effective piece of apple pie Americana it actually is…
The head of the House of Representative’s homeland security committee could barely contain himself when asked on Fox News to tell viewers about how the US found Osama bin Laden.
"You mentioned the fact that we obtained vital information several years ago about the courier for Osama — we obtained that information through waterboarding," said Peter King, a New York Republican. For those who say that waterboarding does not work, Mr King concluded with the answer to end all questions: the practice gave the US "vital information that directly led us to bin Laden."
Yep! That seems pretty cut and dry. Not only does torturing prisoners feel good, it's also clearly the right thing to do.
The only problem with this line of reasoning that might mitigate our excitement over adding a waterboarding device to the U.S. Seal is that torture probably didn't have anything to do with the information we received that ultimately led us to bin Laden. I know that's a very minor point, but you know…
More and more evidence suggests a key piece of intelligence — the first link in the chain of information that led U.S. intelligence officials to Osama bin Laden — wasn't tortured out of its source. And, indeed, that torture failed to produce it.
"To the best of our knowledge, based on a look, none of it came as a result of harsh interrogation practices," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee in a wide-ranging press conference.
But, hey. Baseball and quickie handjobs in the janitors' closet over by the school gymnasium also didn't lead to the capture of bin Laden. We're not planning on getting rid of those American traditions, too, are we?
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Everybody can relax. We found her. We found her…
A Muslim woman has admitted to mailing a bloody pig's foot and a threatening letter to Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), as well as another bizarre package to a New York state senator.
The woman, Jameela Barnette, of Marietta, Ga., says she sent the package to King earlier this month to voice her dismay with the hearing he held last month on what he calls the "radicalization" of American Muslims.
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* Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to replace Tim Kaine as DNC chair/fall guy for impending 2012 election disaster.
* Arianna Huffington certainly seems to have something against writers getting paid. Were her parents maybe killed by a writer with a saving's account?
* Peter King receives bloody pig foot in the mail from anonymous sender. Does somebody have a secret admirer?
* Scott Walker proves he knows how to create jobs. Really well-paying ones.
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'O brave new tworld, that has such tweeple in it' — all the romantic dramedy of the news in 140 characters.
Wait until Peter King figures out that the terms 'Muslim' and 'Islam' refer to the same people — then he's gonna be like… twice as scared. At least.
It's about time someone was severely punished for bringing 'Car Talk' into the world.
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In Peter King's defense, none of the terror plots enacted by the I.R.A. directly effected me. In fact, I feel like those things happened in a whole other country in some totally different place in the world. So, whatever…
Coverage continues after the jump with Senior British Correspondent John Oliver.
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