But it was a piece written by none other than Pat Boone..remember him..
Here is a tribute to him I found on the YouTubes:
Anyway...to go on with my point.. This piece by him is about "The Waterboarding of America" as he titles it. This is what he has to say:
It's a harmless-sounding word in itself. Until a couple of years ago, "waterboarding" sounded like some kind of fun at the beach.
But after 9/11, after American and allied forces invaded Iraq and made incursions into Afghanistan hunting for Osama bin Laden, and after our homeland intelligence apprehended and arrested known and suspected jihadist terrorists bent on killing more Americans, the word took on a more ominous meaning. Thanks to much media exploitation, politically motivated accusations, certain criminally leaked classified information and of course some actual facts, the word "waterboarding" became synonymous with heinous, barbaric torture.
Since America became a nation, torture has never been identified with our policy or procedure. Investigative techniques and interrogation, yes, but always within humane limits – never the torture racks, lashings, beatings, burnings, nail-pullings, starvation, or sadistic mutilation practiced by so many other cultures and adversaries. We've expected our military to extract and obtain essential information through intelligent, often covert, sometimes even psychological means.
What happened? Something almost unprecedented. We were completely blindsided, attacked on our own soil, in our own airplanes and towers, and even in the Pentagon, in broad daylight. It was devastating, and after the first shock, it was obvious that if we did not act quickly and with almost no thought of normal restraint, it would happen again, and even more violently, and with even more catastrophic results.
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We were at war, against an enemy with absolutely no moral compunction and with a demonic bloodlust to destroy us, our homes and families and way of life – and with even a religious desire to die while destroying us! It was a relentless waking nightmare, and it was real.
Those charged with the responsibility to protect this country – the president, the administration, the military, our intelligence agencies – quickly mobilized to do anything and everything possible to avert the next attacks. As captives were taken, they were subjected to every method of interrogation we'd ever tried, and because of the extreme urgency and unimaginable danger, when captives wouldn't divulge information that would save American lives, in some instances some interrogators went further than they had before.
They didn't kill, they didn't maim, they didn't inflict permanent injury, but they sure made the captive feel as if he were about to drown. They tied him down inclined, head a bit lower than feet, covered his face with towels, poured water on and through the towels and into his face, sometimes in his nostrils, and let him know this frightening and extremely uncomfortable experience could end if he would tell what he knew about the plans to wreak more devastation and kill more Americans. This procedure, unsettling as it is, came to be known worldwide as "waterboarding."
It came to be known worldwide because liberal media, abetted by a few political and military figures who didn't seem to grasp the urgency of stopping the maniacal plots against innocent civilians, revealed classified information and screamed "TORTURE!" Having no clue about how to get to the essential information some other way, but perhaps imagining themselves in the position of the captive, they just condemned those who were actually getting the job done at least in part.
Almost ignored in all the anti-American clamor was the fact that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, confessed mastermind of the World Trade Center carnage, as a result of being "waterboarded" 130 times – with no lasting damage at all – finally divulged information that thwarted the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge and saved an estimated 10,000 innocent lives! So the technique, harsh as it is, proved effective.
And now, whether expressly intended or not, America is being waterboarded!
The nation – its economy and political body – has been strapped down, blindfolded and hosed. A new administration, empowered by control of both houses of Congress and the most liberal president in history, is immersing us all in a torrent of debt. While we gasp for breath and try to cry "Time out!" we continue to be flooded with staggering commitments neither we nor our children have approved or will be able to fulfill.
New thousand-page bills and proposed expenditures are rushed together and dumped on beleaguered senators and representatives, proposing trillions of dollars of new taxpayer debt – and Pelosi, Reed, Waxman and the president's team demand approval overnight, without time to even read the bills!
And menacingly, chief of staff waterboarder Rahm Emanuel actually says "… we can't afford to waste a crisis; it gives us a chance to push through initiatives we couldn't get otherwise." How blatant can you get?
The American people have long opposed abortion, same sex "marriage," universal, socialistic health care and a host of other ultraliberal causes; current polls confirm we still do. But the waterboarding began, literally, within the first three days of this new administration. With no instigation from Congress, the freshman president picked up his new hose of authority and, by executive order, overturned the long-standing Reagan-era regulations prohibiting foreign aid going to organizations that finance overseas abortions – and handed international Planned Parenthood, chief provider of abortions worldwide, 200 million taxpayer dollars!
And now, while we're strapped down by the Democrat-controlled Congress, gasping and gulping beneath a flood of strong-arm tactics, the "health reform" bill taking shape outlines a "minimum-benefits package" that will be universal – that is, required of every American's insurance plan, whether provided by a private firm or by the government.
Cunningly, abortion isn't specifically mentioned, but will be decided by a "Health Benefits Advisory Committee," handpicked by the president and his HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius, who already has a record while governor of Kansas supporting late-term abortions! See how this "taking advantage of a crisis" thing works?
But we're not helpless yet, folks. We're drenched and near-drowned and gasping for breath, but there's a growing coalition of staunch Republican and "blue dog" Democrats in both houses of Congress digging in their heels and saying, "Wait! This is all too much, too fast! We need time to read and digest and consider this torrent of legislation. Mr. President, hold off!"
And that gives us debt-soaked citizens a chance to rise up and gasp and spit and shout: "MR. PRESIDENT, AND YOU, TOO, CONGRESS! YOU WORK FOR US! NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND! WE VOTED YOU IN! AND WE CAN TAKE YOU OUT! STOP THIS WATERBOARDING!!"
The link in the middle is to a petition they want people to sign. Of course it is on WND's site.. and the emphasis is mine. I love how we WERE at war.. like they are over now.
I have seen this before lately.. this phrasing of the wars being over and in the past. They use this to justify torture, the spending during the 8 years of the Bush misadministration and anytime they want to put down Pres. Obama.
I had read the other day that Pat was also one of the "Birthers" now.. so this just makes perfect sense for him to publish his screed on WND. This is where all the wing nuts go to rant. He cites several off the wall claims to back up his "proof" that he needs to "see" the president's birth certificate so he will know he was born in the US.
has been circulating for months, since before he won the election last November. He, or somebody in his confidence, posted a supposed copy of a Hawaiian "Certification of Live Birth," or COLB, on his presidential campaign Web site — even though a COLB, under Hawaiian rules, does not necessarily prove in-state birth. Some found the document, which does not list the hospital of birth or attending physician, to be fake.
Since then, a widely known and experienced investigator, Dr. Jerome Corsi, flew to Kenya in search of a certificate of birth he had reason to believe existed there. But he was detained and stonewalled by Kenyan officials. He couldn’t obtain confirmation — but received no denial. He was just ordered to leave the country.
During that same time, some reported seeing a videotaped proclamation by his paternal step-grandmother that she was in the delivery room and saw Barack H. Obama born in Mombasa, in what is now Kenya!
Because of the furor and allegations, and because candidate Obama wouldn’t or couldn’t produce a valid U.S. birth certificate, an official or two were dispatched from Washington to see if one existed in Hawaii. After a brief huddled conference with a local data and statistic keeper, from which no press statements were released, there was a brief and quiet announcement that the matter was “resolved.” What does that mean?
Many, who know more than I do about what actually happened, notably the United States Justice Foundation, have surmised that baby Obama’s mother, about to have her child in Kenya, had booked a flight to Hawaii but was prohibited from flying because delivery was so imminent. But soon after baby Barack was born, USJF theorizes she flew with him to Oahu and obtained some kind of "record of birth" as if he'd been born there.
This was from a piece I found at Newsmax.com dated June 29,2009 named "Mr. Obama, Show Us Your Birth Certificate" again written by Mr. Boone..If you want to read the rest of it.. there it is.. but most of it is just the same discredited garbage we have seen before.
Pat Boone is just the latest in a line of idiots that are coming out of the woodwork who are one of the so called religious right who can't stand the fact there is a black man in the White House and his policies and his popularity is greater than theirs.
That is the entire thing in a nut shell. It ties in with the rants of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others we have heard. It even fits with the majority of the rethuglicans in Congress.
We have to stand up to these idiots and start really calling them out and not letting them get by with this. Bill Maher said it best this week when he wrote this week in the LA Times and on his New Rules about letting them get by with it. He compared them to the Whitewater of the Clinton years and the Swiftboaters of Kerry. We can't just ignore them and expect them to go away.. they aren't.
The Op-Ed is great and should be read. I don't always agree with everything Bill says but he is spot on with this one.
Think about it.. and sorry for this being so long. There is just a lot of stuff I had to get in here.. Hope you will pass this along and help get this message out there. We have to stop these people. They are more prevalent than you think. Way more.