Man of the Year — 2008

My vote goes to Tomás de Torquemada, a man of dedication and singular purpose:

In 1490 Torquemada staged a famous show-trial, the LaGuardia trial. This involved eight Jews and conversos, who were accused of having crucified a Christian child. No victim was ever identified and no body was ever found; nevertheless all eight were convicted, on the strength of their confessions which were obtained through torture. They were burned at the stake.

No wait, Torquemada died in 1498.

Second choice: Vice President Dick Cheney

As support, I offer this Dec. 15, 2008 news story:

“Guantanamo Should Stay Open, Waterboarding OK: Cheney”

In it, Cheney says,

“I was aware of the program [of torture–my term, certainly not his], certainly, and involved in helping get the process [of waterboarding] cleared, as the agency in effect came in and wanted to know what they could and couldn’t do.”

He continues, saying, he “supported” the technique of simulated drowning. Then, “ABC asked him if in hindsight he thought the tactics went too far.”

Cheney said, “I don’t.”

His Inquisitional fervor shines through, doesn’t it? Whatta guy!



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