Friday, April 24, 2009

Bill Frist's Role in American Torture

Posted by on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 5:36 AM

click to enlarge His presidential aspirations just got a little more complicated
  • His presidential aspirations just got a little more complicated
Former Tennessee Senator Bill Frist may be in the midst of remaking his image from well-groomed firebreather to concerned and caring statesman, but history seems to be catching up with him. As scrutiny of the Bush administration's torture heats up in Washington, Southern Beale recalls our former senator's role in this not-too-pleasant piece of American history.

As she notes, Frist was a principal water-carrier for Bush's attempts to thwart bans on torture, threatening to filibuster attempts to stop the practice. Says Lady Beale:

Bill Frist would not allow limits to the Administration's use of torture. He wanted us to waterboard someone 183 times in one month, and he wanted this over the objection of the one U.S. Senator who has actually been tortured as a prisoner of war and knows torture doesn't work.

And he's a doctor?

This is just a guess, but it looks like someone needs to load up on a new stable of PR flacks.

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