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May 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cheney and torture

Sick of former V.P. peddling lies

We are puzzled. Why are the news media, especially the major TV networks, devoting so much time in covering Dick Cheney when they know he is not a credible source? [“President, Cheney duel over how to fight terror,” page one, May 22] This is the man who lied about the reasons for going to war with Iraq.

He knowingly lied, using as a source Ahmad Chalabi, who told the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Chalabi was not a credible source and he knew it. Cheney was willing to push the president and the CIA to use this information to launch the Iraq war.

We are still suffering the consequences of that disaster. The media should tell him to go peddle his lies somewhere else.

One last comment: He should volunteer to be waterboarded so he can claim it is not torture.

— Anne and Bill Dillon, Kent

Thin line between a hero and a war criminal

It defies logic how 39 seconds of waterboarding isn’t torture, but 40 seconds is. It’s bizarre to even consider such a notion.

Nonetheless, let’s for a minute assume that standard. Now, let’s take a ticking time-bomb scenario. You’ve got a guy on the waterboard who you know knows stuff that can save American lives. The waterboarder notices the detainee struggling but not talking after 35 seconds. At 38 seconds, the guy is about to give up the vital, lifesaving information — but he doesn’t, not quite yet. So, with every good intention, the waterboarder goes 45 seconds and the guy gives up his stuff.

Is the waterboarder a hero or a war criminal? What if the guy didn’t give up the stuff? Does it matter?

— Steve Bralowerm, Seattle

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