John McCain and the Hanoi Hilton
My friend and fellow gun attorney has an article out on the subject. Jim is author of the first law review article attacking McCain-Feingold, so it's not like he's a big McCain supporter. He's a straight shooter, and spent years in the Hanoi Hilton, and was tortured, so he's an eyewitness to what's under discussion.
By way of background, apparently there are internet rumors going around that are getting pretty wild -- down to claiming that McCain collaborated with his captors and as a result was assigned to a cushy hotel room with two ladies of the evening. I'm waiting for the followup in which he was taken aboard a U boat to celebrate Hitler's 90th birthday in a secret bunker in Antarctica.
More comment in extended remarks below.
Jim told me that essentially you can torture a fellow into saying about anything. Look at how many folks in the Medieval and Early Modern periods would up signing a confession, knowing they would inevitably be hanged, drawn and quartered.
The only question is -- does the guy tell you the truth, or an invention, or what he figures you want to hear? If you knew the data, you wouldn't be torturing him, and if you don't you can't be sure it's truthful. That's Jim's remark about assuring them our carriers have swimming pools on deck. He said one POW told them, OK, I'll tell you the secrets of our flight training. He said it was all based on confidence building maneuvers. Then he described a bunch, such as flying loops at very low altitudes, that would have a high risk of killing whoever tried it. He loved the idea that he might be able to kill some more enemy pilots even while he was a POW.