Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, remained stoic while defending his brother’s torture techniques.
In a disturbing interview, Jeb Bush recently ascertained that torture in a post-9/11 world lead by his brother, former president George W. Bush – was something to be proud of.
He said, “I do think, in general, that torture is not appropriate. It’s not as effective, uh, and the change of policy that my brother did and was then put into executive order form by the president was the proper thing to do. I also would say that right after 9/11, I mean, we were attacked, and, uh, my presid — my brother — and I’m not saying this because I’m a Bush, I’m saying this because I love this country just like everybody in this room — I’m proud of what he did to create a secure environment for our country.” (source)
What is most concerning about these comments is Bush’s disregard for victims of mistaken identity. Khalid El Masri was unjustifiably tortured by the CIA during a Macedonia vacation. After realizing they had the wrong person, the CIA simply flew him to Albania and dumped him on the side of the road.
Furthermore, over 100 prisoners have died during torturous interrogations. A CIA official even proudly explained to a prisoner, “we can never let the world know what I have done to you”. Torture is not only unconstitutional according to the eighth amendment, 18 U.S Code 2441 clearly and concisely reveals that torture techniques of all kinds are expressly illegal.
“The act of a person who commits, or conspires or attempts to commit, an act specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control for the purpose of obtaining information or a confession, punishment, intimidation, coercion, or any reason based on discrimination of any kind.” (source)
That Jeb Bush would openly endorse torture is an enormous indictment of his character (or lack-thereof). Not only is he the most bland candidate in the race, he has repeatedly dismissed the Bill of Rights and shown very little concern for the rule of law.