Action Call – Columnist Endorsing Torture

I’ve posted this over at dkos, and I call upon all ‘Dharmites who oppose torture to assist me with this please…just even copying and pasting my letter and sending it on…I’m beyond words…


I need any Kossacks opposing torture to contact the editor of the Toronto Sun immediately demanding an explanation for this garbage I just read, enttitled:

“Torture? Sounds like a swimmingly good idea”

The contact information is as follows:

[email protected]

The editorial page editor is here:

[email protected]

I’ve posted a copy of my Letter to the Editor below the fold:

Here’s a disgusting taste of the article:

So now that we’ve established that the detainees in question aren’t even protected by the Geneva convention, and that they often have crucial information that can save lives, what about the idea of waterboarding as “torture”?

When asked about it during a recent CNN appearance, I suggested that “one man’s torture is another’s CIA-sponsored swim lesson.” In case anyone thought I was being facetious — I wasn’t.

The copy of my letter:

I would just like to confirm that the Toronto Sun has indeed published this article by Rachel Marsden endorsing the use of torture on “terrorist suspects, entitled Torture? Sounds Like a Swimmingly Good Idea

In the wake of the Mahar Arar affair, I felt the need to give the Sun a chance to explain its rationale for publishing such a toxic and shameful opinion article endorsing the torture of human beings.

At the end of the day, I shall be forwarding this article and your response or lack thereof to international blogs and bloggers, and will also be looking into violations of Canadian broadcasting standards.

This is a shameful thing to come across in a Canadian publication.  I am beyond words to describe further my outrage over this article.

I assure you that this matter shall not be dropped, smug reply notwithstanding.

Thank you for your time.


A shocked and dismayed Canadian


I would respectfully request any Kossack who opposes torture to send a copy or their own wording, echoing the sentiments of my letter to the editor.

I would also request any Kossack reading this to send a link for this Diary to anyone they know opposes torture.

I though we got rid of this psychopath when she moved to New York, but even Foxnews doesn’t want this idiot in their studios.

Please, I beg you, Kossacks.  I need help with this.



I’ll repeat, my ‘Dhamite friends…any help would be most appreciated…



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  1. oh no….

  2. Which psychopath are we talking about? So many unhinged, frothing, righties populate the Sun that it is hard to distinguish them.

    • fatdave on November 5, 2007 at 17:33

    I sent the following:

    The above article is a disgrace and, in my opinion, is  reminiscent of the type of quasi journalistic ordure that far right thugs here in Europe decorate  the toilet paper they distribute in street markets with.

    I suggest that the next time you are engaged in any building work upon your premises, that you raise a suitably damp and inhospitably positioned slab for Marsden to crawl under and, that you disassociate yourselves from  her remarks with due alacrity. They condone behaviours which are forbidden under conventions to which your country is signatory and which will, I am sure, be viewed in a very poor light indeed in the broader Commonwealth.



    Hope it is of some use. Is this Murdoch chip paper?

  3. I’ve fired off an e-mail to their editorial staff.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention as I never willingly or voluntarily seek out either her column or the publication itself.

    This Canadian is physically shaking in anger this morning.

    Marsden was even too wacky for FauxNews, why any Canadian trad media publication would employ her, after her criminal harrasement conviction and her documented history of stalking former lovers (real and imagined) up here, is beyond me. Maybe this will be the tipping point for the Toronto Sun.

    I’m not a psychiatrist, nor do I play one on TV, but methinks Marsden is just a wee bit clinically insane.

    Thanks again, TMWNP.

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