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What is Torture?

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What is Torture?

By Dr. Bob Uda, PhD, CM, CHSP, ILO (Cyber-commentator)

December 10, 2014


The bottom line of all of the Progressives’ activities against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is that the CIA is being handicapped, castrated, emasculated, rendered impotent, and demoralized.  The Obama administration is fearful of the CIA and wants to castrate it just as Bill Clinton did during his two terms.  So, do not listen to what Obama says.  Watch what he does.  All the platitudes that he gives to the CIA folks are just a bunch of Obama rhetoric.  However, if you watch what he does, you will see what his hidden agenda really is all about.

Do not be fooled by any of Obama’s words.  Watch his actions.  Dr. Thomas Sowell, senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, said, “The most important thing about what anyone says [is] not the words themselves but the credibility of the person who says them.”  He further said, “What Barack Obama says…is not nearly as important as what he has been doing – and how he has been doing it.”  Hence, watch the CIA become an impotent organization within the next two years.  You cannot call Dr. Sowell a bigot or racist because he is a black man.

The Obama administration and all pacifist, liberals, and progressives do not really know what torture is and means.  They do not know what Far Eastern torture is all about.  If you cut off fingers, toes, ears, and other body appendages with a dull knife; that is torture.  Pull off fingernails and toenails with a pair of pliers; that is torture.  Whip prisoners with hundreds of lashes until they bleed profusely, and then pour salt water over their wounds.  That is torture.  If you continuously zap prisoners with high-voltage electricity, that is torture.  When you break arm and leg bones in several places, not kill the prisoner, but just let him suffer and heal naturally; that is torture.  When you use a Bunsen burner and make third-degree burn marks all over a prisoner’s body; that is torture.

When you pour sulfuric acid in a prisoner’s mouth while tied down, that is torture.  When you cover a prisoner in the vertical position in the ground with only his head showing above ground, pour a bottle of molasses on his head, and then dump a bucketful of giant red ants next to his head; that is torture.  Pour boiling water all over a tied-down prisoner; that is torture.  If you do as Saddam Hussein’s sons did by running people feet-first through tree-branch shredders; that is torture.  When you insert glass tubes in prisoners’ penises and then break it by pounding it with a hammer; that is torture.  We can go on and on, but you get the picture.

Torture is torture.  Waterboarding is kids’ play.  Sleep deprivation is kids’ play.  Loud, continuous noise or rap music is kids’ play.  Continuous interrogation under hot, bright lights is kids’ play.  Threats made but not carried out is kids’ play.  Placing cockroaches, rats, snakes, and other such scary animals and insects before a prisoner’s face is just kids’ play.  These are only enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs).  Progressives have redefined torture into a very unrecognizable, meaningless term.

If you do not believe these words regarding torture, the following paragraphs paraphrase Medal of Honor recipient George Everett “Bud” Day, a retired USAF Colonel and command pilot who had served in the Vietnam War.  He passed away on July 27, 2013, at the age of 88 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  The North Vietnamese shot him down over North Vietnam in 1967, when he was a squadron commander, and was a prisoner of war (POW) for about six years.  Colonel Day is often cited as being the most decorated United States service member since General Douglas MacArthur, having received some 70 decorations—a majority for actions in combat.  Maybe you will believe his definition of the “torture” that he personally experienced at the hands of the North Vietnamese during the years of his incarceration as a prisoner of war (POW).


I was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 when I was serving as a squadron commander.  After I returned in 1973, I published two books that dealt a lot with “real torture” in Hanoi.  Our make-believe president [i.e., Obama] is branding our country as a bunch of torturers when he has no idea what torture is.  As for me, they put me through a mock execution because I would not respond.  My captors pistol-whipped me on my head.  A couple of days later, they hung me with a rope by my feet all day long.  I escaped, but a couple of weeks later, I was shot and recaptured.  The bullet wound was okay; what happened afterwards was not.

The guards marched me to Vinh…and put me in the rope trick again.  This time, they almost pulled my arms out of their sockets.  They beat me on my head with a little wooden rod until my eyes were swollen shut.  My un-shot, unbroken hand was beaten to a pulp.  The next day, they hung me by the arms and re-broke my right wrist.  This activity destroyed the nerves in my arms that controlled the hands, which caused my fingers to roll up into a ball.  The only thing left was the slightest movement of my left forefinger.  Hence, I started answering their questions with some incredible lies.

The guards later sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gasoline in the back of a truck.  At Hanoi, while on my knees, they did the rope trick on me again.  A big fool beat me profusely.  Then, they put me into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.  They also caused me to do much kneeling with my hands up at the Zoo.  I received a bad beating for refusing to condemn President Lyndon Johnson.  They put me through several more kneeling events.  I could see my knee bone through kneeling holes.

We made an escape from the annex to the Zoo.  I was the senior officer of a large building.  Because of the escape, they started a mass torture of all commanders.  I think it was July 7, 1969.  They started beating me with a car fan belt.  For the first two days, I received over 300 strokes.  After that, I stopped counting because I never thought I would live through it.  They continued the day-and-night torture to get me to confess to a nonexistent part in the escape.  This torture went on for at least three days.  While on my knees, the beating with the fan belt cut open my scrotum.  The continued beating opened both kneeholes again.  My fanny looked like hamburger.  The pain was so excruciating that I could not lie on my back.

The interrogators tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape and that my two roommates knew about it.  The next day, I denied the lie.  This angered the guards, so they commenced torturing me again with three, six, or nine strokes with the fan belt every day for three months from about July 11 or 12 to October 14, 1969.  I continued to refuse to lie about my roommates again.

Now, the point of this description is that our make-believe president [i.e., Obama] has declared to the world that we (the United States) are a bunch of torturers.  Thus, it will be okay to torture us next time when they capture us because that is what the United States does.  Our make-believe president [i.e., Obama] is a know-nothing fool who thinks that pouring a little water on someone’s face or placing a pair of women’s panties over an Arab detainee’s head is TORTURE.  The president is a meathead.

I just spoke with Medal of Honor holder Leo Thorsness, who was also in my squadron.  He was in jail as was John McCain.  We agreed that McCain does not speak for the POW group when he claims that Al-Gharib was torture…or that waterboarding is torture.  Our president [i.e., Obama] and those fools around him who keep badmouthing our great country are a disgrace to the United States.  Please pass this information on to Sean Hannity.  He is free to use it to point out the stupidity of the claims that waterboarding has permanent ill effects and is torture.  If it got Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, hurrah for the man who poured the water!


Thus, now you have a better idea of a real Medal of Honor winner who actually experienced real torture in the Vietnam War.  Perhaps if some of these naysayers were put through a small portion of what Bud Day, a real war hero and American patriot, went through for six years, they may have a different, better perspective than what they have today.  We can only hope that they will wise up before our enemies attack, conquer, place in bondage, and torture us with Middle-Eastern-style torture, i.e., beheadings with a dull knife.


Sowell, T. (2009, September 8). What Obama says vs. what he does. Retrieved from RealClearPolitics website:


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