A question of right and wrong: Risch condemns use of torture

The new movie “Zero Dark Thirty” suggests that waterboarding yielded key information that led U.S. forces to Osama bin Laden’s hideout.

Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch gives the Hollywood account mixed reviews.

Risch, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the Huffington Post Thursday that waterboarding provided “a scintilla of evidence” in the bin Laden investigation. That puts Risch at odds with some senators — such as John McCain, R-Ariz, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. — who disagree with the “Zero Dark Thirty” version of events.

More significant, and more impressive, is Risch’s strong opposition to the use of harsh interrogation techniques. Here’s what he told the Huffington Post.

“The issue isn’t does torture work or not. The issue is, is torture right, or is torture wrong? And the answer to that is torture is wrong. It shouldn’t even be a question as to whether it works or not. ... All the stuff I've looked at — and I’ve looked at lots and lots and lots of stuff — I don’t think any reasonable person could reach a conclusion based on that, that torture works or it doesn't work.”

Risch is in a unique position in the Idaho congressional delegation. As a member of both the Intelligence and the Foreign Relations committees, a lot of Risch’s time is spent working on issues that don’t directly affect Idaho. But these same committee assignments give Risch — and Idaho — a voice on the international stage. On this story, Risch did himself and Idaho proud.

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Risch ?

I never would have guessed such a sensible and morally well directed opinion could issue from the lips of this man. Will wonders never cease? Way to go Mr. Risch. You are to be applauded for your guts and sensibilities.

Really Kev?????????????

Jim is right on this one issue? Why is that? Is it because he agrees with your point of view? Jim Risch is more in touch with Idaho thinking than you can ever hope to be. I now expect your full endorsement of the good Senator when he runs for reelection.

domer, you evidently do not

domer, you evidently do not know Risch; this is a fleeting character point. Risch will never have my vote.

Be correct

"suggests" that waterboarding yielded key

EVERY person who was CLOSE to the issue has said YES, it provided information information.

Risch at least is asking the correct question?


But if you put in the context of MAYBE
"waterboarding of ONE terrorist saved 50,000 American lives"... does it change the outcome?

Otherwise, there is an argument Hiroshima caused great torture to many Japanese. That was done solely to save a great number of American lives.

No, I'm not paying for this!

Pimp2, you are obviously an grammar teacher...

What is "information information" as you wrote? Is this counter to mis- or disinformation, or solidly correct : )


Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

information information

Information information is information about information that yields information about information. It's similar to known knowns (as opposed to unknown knowns). It's a form of Rumsfeld-speak which evolved from Orwell's new-speak.


:-) :-)