Stan on terrorism, torture, and the Red Brigade

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President Obama tells us that by pulling “The Interview,” Sony made a mistake. Why wouldn’t he? With the possibility of terrorism during a showing of the movie, there’s no risk involved for him. He never goes to a public movie house.

Bill Clinton once said, “The best perk in the White House is not Air Force One or Camp David or anything else. It’s the wonderful movie theatre I get here.”

Since being built way back during FDR’s third term, U.S. presidents, their families, and guests have viewed many thousands of Hollywood’s best. President Carter holds the record for the most films watched. During his one term in office my friend Jimmy watched 480 movies.

So now President Obama thinks that the movie should be released and shown in regular movie theatres. Sure thing, my president. If Sony takes your advice and releases the movie in question, I promise to go see it provided you see it in the same theatre at the same time. I’ll buy the popcorn.

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This is one of the many hypothetical situations for those of you that agree with Sen. Feinstein’s speech about water boarding, sleep deprivation, walling and such. It is very likely that there are terrorists on our turf. Do we know for sure that there are terrorists on our turf that are ready to pounce? It’s a possibility. What would you suggest the CIA do if it caught a lone wolf and according to the amount of chemicals he purchased and has remaining, it became very likely that he manufactured and planted ten IEDs in Brooklyn? Senators from the Golden State and the Grand Canyon State both believe that this terrorist should be asked nicely where those explosives are. When he laughs, he should be asked again, and again, and again, until he divulges the information. Yeah, right! I don’t care if you refer to it as torture, enhanced interrogation or persuasive techniques. I also don’t give a damn how many fingers we have to cut off or how many teeth we have to pull. I say do whatever needs to be done to save American lives. And to you, Senator Feinstein, you are now a very prominent member of the American Liars Club.

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Way back in the days of Uncle Miltie, from the mouth of Pitchman Sid Stone came, “You say you’re not satisfied? You say you want more for your money?”

Let’s go back to the era of the Red Brigade, the terrorist organization in Italy that was known for treason, sabotage, murder, assassinations, kidnaping prominent people, shooting kneecaps so that their enemies could no longer walk, and robbing banks to support their brand of terror.

In 1981 the Red Brigade kidnaped U.S. General James Dozier. To get information as to where he was being held the local constabulary captured a few members of the brigade, took them down into deep, dark basements, stripped them naked and placed their genitals into a vise. With a few turns on the handle of the tool, the suspects sang loudly and clearly. Not only did their tune contain the hiding place of our kidnaped general, the refrains and choruses gave up the names and addresses of members of the gang. This lead to the end of the Red Brigade, and, oh yes, the men who carried out this horrible means of intensive interrogation were punished. Their superiors suspended them for five days. They served their suspensions at the beach.

This, of course, brings us to a very important question: do the ends justify the means? I am shouting abso-freakin’-lutely!

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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