John McCain's last human parts replaced [VIDEO]

How do you lie and manipulate? You just do. You just stand up on the senate floor and lie. First video, McCain a week ago saying that there will be no waterboarding (i.e. torture).

Second video is McCain on the senate floor, voting against amendments that would prohibit waterboarding and saying that he looks forward to following the Geneva Conventions. Don't hold your breath Mr. McCain (our soldiers who are captured and subjected to this will have to do enough of that).

The third is a scene from Jacob the Liar, via Howie Klein, depicting waterboarding.

And, finally, the answer: Presidential ambitions. Sucking up to the Christian Right. Making peace with torture. A man once tortured turns into a torturer. If there is a better definition of tragedy, I'd like to see it in comments.

Here's a snippet from Wikipedia on McCain's torture in Vietnam which not only is now okay with him, but also puts the lie to the effectiveness of torture:


Once McCain arrived at the Hanoi Hilton, he was placed in a cell and interrogated daily. When McCain refused to provide any information to his captors, he was beaten until he lost consciousness.
When the North Vietnamese discovered his father was the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Command, (CINCPAC), in charge of all US forces in Vietnam, he was offered a chance to go home, in an effort to embarrass the American military. Senior POWs had ordered there would be no return home unless all POWs were permitted to, and McCain, as did most POWs, followed orders, and refused to be repatriated back to the United States.
McCain signed an anti-American propaganda message which was written in Vietnamese, but did so only as a result of torture (to this day, he cannot raise his arms above his head, due to his two broken shoulders from the severe beatings administered by the North Vietnamese).

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