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Ex-Idaho Doc Faces Torture Charge

A pediatrician who worked in Pocatello during the 1980s is behind bars for allegedly waterboarding his daughter. His wife was also arrested on charges of recklessly endangering their children. The 11-year-old daughter of Dr. Melvin Morse and his wife, Pauline Morse, told law enforcement that she was waterboarded, which simulates drowning and has been used on terrorism suspects. Most experts call it torture. Morse has authored several books on paranormal science and near-death experiences, appearing on The Larry King Show and Oprah to discuss his research. In addition to his time in Idaho, Morse worked in California, Washington and Delaware, where he currently lives with his wife/George Prentice, Boise Weekly. More here. (Mug shots: Delaware State Police)


Spensah Tales: The Waterboarding

The Joker presents the second in his series about a fictional character based on a well-known Kootenai County character in "Spensah Tales: The Waterboarding":

Larry came to in complete blackness. He was sitting on steel chair, his arms bound behind his black. His felt the steel shackles on his legs. He realized he was completely naked as the cold air of the room hit his skin. He couldn’t see a thing. Some one had placed a black bag over his head. Suddenly, the bag was yanked off his head. A bright spotlight shone on his face. He squinted as his eyes slowly adjusted. “Good morning, Larry. I trust you slept well,” a voice came from the darkness. It was Cliff. “We’re going to have a little talk about where you live exactly.” Larry straining against the ropes on his arms quickly realized there was no hope of freeing himself. “So Larry, what roads can you use to get to Costco?” Cliff asked. “What? Come on,” Larry stammered. “I, I, I don’t have to answer that.” Then two middle-aged women from the clerk’s office emerged from the shadows carrying a large metal tub with water in it. More below.

Edit: GOP Wrong To Back Torture

Image that a U.S. soldier is captured and subjected to waterboarding. Would Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann consider that torture? Maybe not, given their disappointing responses to a question about waterboarding posed during Saturday’s Republican debate. And if they did object to the soldier’s treatment, they’ve lost the moral authority to argue against it. Both Mr. Cain, who is leading the field of GOP contenders, and Ms. Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota, expressed approval of the controversial technique, which has been considered torture since at least the Spanish Inquisition/Washington Post editorial. More here.

Question: Would you support a political candidate who supported waterboarding?