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Interrogation practices ignored Bill of Rights

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In Kathleen Parker’s recent column, “Is it Torture?” (Journal, April 27), she properly criticizes harsh interrogation methods used during the Bush administration. The preferred method was waterboarding, or simulated drowning, which was also favored by the Nazis, North Koreans and medieval inquisitors. Bush tried to minimize reference to “torture” by calling the methods a more cosmetically acceptable, “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Military experts have said that these methods do not yield reliable information. A lot of words have been wasted in defining whether the Bush practices met the definition of torture. But conspicuously absent these discussions is any reference to our Bill of Rights, which prohibits “...cruel and unusual punishment....” — and waterboarding is undeniably cruel and unusual. Few countries have a document like our Bill of Rights, which constitutionally guarantees personal freedoms. When the Bush administration ignored these rights, it reduced our status among civilized nations. Ron Paitich Auburn