On his radio show today, a caller who described himself as a McCain supporter who “served in the Marine Corps and the Army,” took Rush Limbaugh to task for supporting the use of torture on suspected terrorists. The caller said that Limbaugh and other conservative talkers’ support for torture led, in part, to Americans voting against Republicans last November:
CALLER: [It] was the torture issue. I’m a veteran. We’re not supposed to be torturing these people. This is not Nazi Germany, Red China, or North Korea. There’s other ways of interrogating people, and you kept harping about it — “It’s OK,” or “It’s not really torture.” And it was just more than waterboarding. Some of these prisoners were killed under torture. … Anyone who could believe in torture just has got to be something wrong with them.
Limbaugh attacked the caller as “ignorant” and “stupid.” Limbaugh then defended himself, first by claiming that “I don’t know of anybody who died from torture,” and then calling the suggestion that he supports torture “ludicrous.” Listen here:
At times Limbaugh has called torture an effective interrogation method and on other occasions dismissed the fact that it was used by U.S. forces as insignificant. And for the record, Human Rights First found that a number of detainees died after being tortured in U.S. custody.