Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

Tom the Dancing Bug

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  1. rnmontgomery

    rnmontgomery said, over 1 year ago

    So this twit thinks using prisoners to gain info is bogus? How naive can he get, get your liberal head out of the sand.

  2. ssejhill

    ssejhill said, over 1 year ago

    @rnmontgomery

    Perhaps you disagree with the international community that signed on to the Geneva Conventions, to which the US was signator.

  3. QuiteDragon

    QuiteDragon said, over 1 year ago

    @rnmontgomery

    If by “using”, you mean torturing, why yes, it is just about useless. Wikipedia’s page on the subject is here: Effectiveness of torture for interrogation

  4. JohnnyDiego

    JohnnyDiego said, over 1 year ago

    @rnmontgomery

    I am a Twit with a liberal head and I am offended not by this comic but by you, sir.

  5. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, over 1 year ago

    Every prisoner is used for information, and there is nothing inherently wrong with that. It is the use of torture that is morally wrong and usually useless.

  6. Linguist

    Linguist said, over 1 year ago

    @rnmontgomery

    Please, if you want to be on the “right” side of this discussion, then you must use the PC terminology. We don’t call it torture anymore. It is called " enhanced interrogation ", which doesn’t work any better than old fashioned torture.

  7. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 1 year ago

    @rnmontgomery

    It has been shown that torture will cause the victim to reveal whatever the torturer wants to hear to make the torture stop, regardless of the veracity of the information. They may be telling the truth the first 10 sessions, and then lie during the 11th if that is what the interrogators want to hear.

  8. phritzg

    phritzg GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Comments from rnmontgomery and his ilk are another form of useless torture for rational people.

  9. Ian Rey

    Ian Rey said, over 1 year ago

    The best information we got from prisoners in custody occurred when agents acted as if they had befriended them and sympathized with them. Information obtained under torture is crap because people will say anything to make the pain stop.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @rnmontgomery

    You are limited in your thoughts here. Torture fails to elicit correct information. Talking to them and treating them as human beings works far better. Those are the facts. Read a book why don’t you?

  11. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    • ! ! ! SPOILER ALERT ! ! ! *


      If you haven’t seen Zero Dark Thirty yet, here’ how it played out (to the best of my recollection):


      We see a detainee being subjected to “enhanced interrogation” techniques (there is mention of other detainees, but we see only one in detail), including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, locking in a tiny box, electroshock, and (yes) exposing him naked to the gaze of a woman (it’s a mix of physical and psychological methods; some believe the distiction between the two is major, some minor).


      At one point, the CIA has received information that an attack somewhere is imminent, but they don’t have enough details to prepare for it. They try to get these details from the abovementioned detainee, but fail, and he passes out in the process. The attack (on a London bus) occurs. Since the detainee has no contact with outside news, the interrogators TELL him that he broke before he passed out and that he gave them enough information to prevent that attack, and then they use that leverage to get him to fill in some “little details.” If the process is a really intense version of “good cop/bad cop”, it’s the “good cop” who actually gets the information they end up using.


      It’s not that they got the key information directly through torure, or even that what he gave them (post-torture) directions to bin Laden’s doorstep. But the information they recieved from a detainee who had been tortured provided a lead which, after a lot of years and in combination with a lot of other intelligence gathered through more conventional means, led them to the Abbottabad compound.

  12. GES ✯ Who

    GES ✯ Who GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I would tell you of your mother, I would tell you what she did,
    If I only thought it wouldn’t make you completely flip your lid!

  13. 3hourtour

    3hourtour GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    ..“Old manwhy won’t you sign the papers?”…

  14. 3hourtour

    3hourtour GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    …“Because you have broken both of my hands!”…

  15. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The movie is fiction, not a documentary, IMO.

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