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TPN‘s Trifling ‘American Dream’ Killer of the Week


I’m not really even sure who to blame for this. Bush, Cheney, the CIA, Osama bin Laden, World War II-era Japanese interrogators, my own naivete? I was born into Reagan’s sunny America, so grew up thinking my country didn’t do things like waterboarding, tearing off fingernails, sleep deprivation, siccing dogs on prisoners. I even chalked up Abu Ghraib to stressed out soldiers who didn’t know better. But at last my eyes are open. We torture, just like everyone else. Not my proudest moment.

—Xavier Muhammad

© 2009 The Peoples News



10 thoughts on “TPN‘s Trifling ‘American Dream’ Killer of the Week

  1. Just how many did we “waterboard”? (3) And then ask the Brits how many attacks, I.E.; Lives saved, did the information gained result in saving?(An L.A. attack like 9/11)
    Waterboard a child killer, save innocent lives.

    Posted by mike | April 25, 2009, 8:09 am
    • One is too many. Torture does NOT save lives; “information” “gained” by means of torture is rarely of any validity. What’s more, we aren’t just anyone – we’re the country that insisted on the Nuremburg trials, g-ddammit!

      Posted by Miz J | April 28, 2009, 4:42 pm
  2. Less we forget, those poor ba*tard* we waterboarded were the planners and minds behind the 9/11 attacks. I assume you already forgot the scenes of civilians jumping from the 100th floor of the WTT and that there was a child care facility in the basement. I bet the passengers on the four airliners only wish that all they had to endure that day was some waterboarding…….
    Too bad we could not have waterboarded those poor terrorists on 9/10………
    Save your tears for some worthwhile cause.

    Posted by mike | April 25, 2009, 8:15 am
  3. Gee I thought Obama would have won TPOTW for bending over and kissing the belt buckle of the ruler of the country where most of the hijackers came from.

    The Peoples News responds: Sorry to tell you, Tony, but if that’s how you shake hands, you’re doing it wrong. (And we can’t recall any of the 9-11 hijackers being from Venezuela).

    Posted by Tony the Tiger | April 25, 2009, 8:36 am
    • My thoughts exactly: Venezuelan terrorists???? And it bears repeating: two wrongs do NOT make a right, so we have every reason to hold ourselves to a higher standard than our foes.

      Posted by Stephan | April 27, 2009, 9:34 am
  4. Sorry for posting comments that belittle your story Xavier. Go ahead and delete them, after all, it is the liberal way of debate.

    The Peoples News responds: We aren’t in a debate with you, Mike. Thanks for reading.

    Posted by Mike | April 25, 2009, 8:41 am
  5. If you were born when Ronald Reagan was president, you woldn’t be old enough to write!

    Xavier Muhammad responds: I don’t know what school system you went through Buffet, but where I went, we learned to write well before I was 20, which is how many years it’s been since Reagan was President.

    Posted by Buffet | April 26, 2009, 7:01 am
  6. When even a FOX News political analyst (Shepard Smith) cries out that, “WE ARE AMERICANS! WE DON’T $*@$ TORTURE!”, then I think it’s safe to say that the CIA and Bush administration went too far. And it hasn’t been proven that any of the information stopped another terrorist attack.

    Posted by TeacherC | April 27, 2009, 1:58 pm
  7. Are you truly shocked that our military tortures? Truly?, or are you trying to make a point with your ‘naivete’? Do you watch your local and national news? Do you see the things people do to each other in the day to day? Parents caging their children. Men beating and raping. Wives getting revenge. You know – our own soldiers willing endure being tortured, as part of their training, so they can prepare themselves to endure torture should they fall into enemy hands. Just how thick are your rose-colored glasses?

    Posted by Renee | April 28, 2009, 4:00 pm
  8. We don’t “torture just like everybody else.” I don’t remember ever seeing a journalist beheaded on national TV!

    Posted by Anne C. | April 28, 2009, 11:53 pm

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