Shep Smith goes apesh*t on the air, screams “We are America. We don’t f*cking torture.”

by editor on April 23, 2009

Shephard Smith probably wishes he could take back an exchange he had yesterday on Fox News. The anchor got, shall we say, a little heated during a discussion with Trace Gallagher and Andrew Napolitano.

He said, and we quote, “We are America! I don’t give a rat’s ass if it helps! We are America! We do not f*cking torture!”

Immediately after the outburst, Shep got very quiet. We imagine his director must have been screaming some equally color language into his earpiece.

We have one question for you, Mr. Smith. If torture is not allowed in America, how does Keith Olbermann stay on the air?

Source: Fox News via NewsBusters.com

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Alisium
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@ Jacii
Japanese water-boarding and American water-boarding are two completely different animals.
And we didn’t execute them just for water-boarding. They did plenty of other evil things, like cutting the flesh from living victims and eating it in front of them.

Pat
Guest

Not torturing is what makes us different from ‘evil people’. If you believe that it is permissible to torture someone because you label them as evil, means you are just as bad. It is a violation of freedom and liberty, what America stands for. As benjamin Franklin said “Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither”.

In respect to your abortion argument that is referring to a late term abortion, which is not done because the mother “…doesn’t want it…”, it is performed because the child threatens the mother’s life. You may still think this is wrong but let me present a line of reasoning.

The United States constitution guarantees “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. To demand that a women give birth when doing so would guarantee death is a clear violation of the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Even Thomas Hobbes believed the only right you can never give up is the right to live. No piece of legislation can be valid if it requires that a mother die; it is every woman’s right to live.
If you believe that carrying your child to term is more important than you own life then you can choose to die, but you can’t force this decision upon anyone else.

ocmadam
Member

So, there is moral outrage over torturing evil people who want to kill innocent people in order to get them to tell us who/what their next victim is so that we can hopefully prevent more loss of life.

But, we condone the practice of sucking a baby out of its mothers womb with a vaccum hose and if the poor little thing is still alive the medical staff can kill it anyway just for being unlucky enough to be born to a mother who doesn’t want it….but that is a choice not a moral outrage?

this country is sick and getting sicker.

Jacii
Guest

@Doug

If it is not illegal, then why did we execute the japanese for doing it to our soldiers in WWII?
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/29/politics/main3554687.shtml
(old article, please note date)

Just wondering.

Phillyguy
Member

We didn’t execute the Japanese for waterboarding our troops. We executed them for filling them up with water and then jumping on their stomachs until their stomachs exploded.

HumbleGuru
Member

Im a horrible person. Make a note of it.

Waterboarding is not illegal. The senate was fully aware of our waterboarding techniques and refused on many occasions to make the interrogation technique illegal.

not brad
Guest

Brad, you’re wrong. It doesn’t make them bad people necessarily, just ignorant. You can change minds, but only if you haven’t written them off. This is first and foremost a battle for the soul of our country, and this battle is being waged on the battlefield of the hearts and minds of its citizens. Every time you write someone off, you give the other side a victory. People do change their minds. Even people you think are bad.

Brad
Guest

Torture is against the principles America is founded upon. We call it war crimes and go after the perpetrators when it happens to our soldiers, so how in the world are we justified in doing it to anyone else?

We train our soldiers to tell their captors anything that they want to hear if it will stop the torture. Why should we expect that us doing the same thing will not yield the same results?

Anyone who supports the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture is a horrible person.

Mia
Guest

Well cr*p! Why the *#&$ did he have to go and do a *&%$ thing like that? Is *&$%*&% Smith trying to give the *&%^#^% left something to *&^% about? *&%%!

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