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Friday, June 06, 2008

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Gets to the Bottom of Interrogation-by-Panties

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher: 'I will never apologize for interrogation-by-panties!'

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Gets to the Bottom of Interrogation-by-Panties
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Wednesday dismissed the idea that taunting terrorism suspects with women's panties is a form of torture.

In a debate about detainee treatment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the California Republican cited panties eight times, arguing that making suspected terrorists wear women's underwear on their heads isn't demeaning and degrading enough to be called torture.

"You're suggesting that the behavior of, what, panties on his head ... is unacceptable interrogation technique for a man who was involved in a conspiracy to kill tens of thousands of Americans?" Rohrabacher asked during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

Rohrabacher was taking issue with FBI complaints about inappropriate and potentially illegal tactics used to get al-Qaida detainees to talk in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks. He said interrogation-by-panties was more akin to a "hazing pranks from some fraternity," not torture.

Some interrogation tactics used — even if not torture — might not be pleasant, Rohrabacher said. "I mean, OK, describing his mother and sister as whores, that's certainly not a nice thing to do," he said.

An exasperated Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., reminded Rohrabacher that interrogators were also seen physically abusing detainees.

"This isn't about panties on the head," Delahunt said. "This is about physical pressure, waterboarding and other techniques that apparently were utilized at Guantanamo."

Rohrabacher made a final point.

"I, in no way, will ever apologize that someone put panties on the head of this 9/11 terrorist and treated him without respect," he said. "That man should have no respect." Associated Press

Dr. Monkerstein

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At Fri Jun 06, 05:49:00 AM, Blogger MichaelBains said...

Personally, I also like wearing panties on my head. If they'd put them on me, I'd've spilled all of Osama's bins.. er, beans.

At Fri Jun 06, 08:31:00 AM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

"I don't see what all the hubbub is."

- David Vitter

At Fri Jun 06, 09:24:00 AM, Blogger Jess Wundrun said...

Guys like Dana Rohrbacher would give up their mommma if you applied a titty twister.

Herz Donut?

At Fri Jun 06, 09:31:00 AM, Blogger Übermilf said...

I thought "Dana" was a girl's name.

At Fri Jun 06, 09:40:00 AM, Blogger Germaine Gregarious said...

Darling, dispatch some keffiyeh underpants and a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee immediately!

Then he'll know torture. Oh, he will know. (I would cackle here, but it's so unbecoming. Insert your own mwah ha ha s'il vous plait).

At Fri Jun 06, 09:47:00 AM, Blogger CDP said...

My 3 year old is always wearing underpants on his head. Damn it, now I need to worry about the child welfare authorities raiding my house.

At Fri Jun 06, 10:43:00 AM, Blogger FranIAm said...

What a complete fuckwad. That's really all I can say - fuckWAD!

At Fri Jun 06, 11:49:00 AM, Blogger sanrioscenario said...

True or false? During Thursday's hearing, Dana Rohrabacher uttered the word "panties" 35 times.
True. At one point he seemed to be arousing himself with the repetition.
False. He only said "panties" eight times. Still, that's may be a single-session record for a congressman saying "panties."

Find out the truth at

At Fri Jun 06, 12:57:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

You can't tie me to your unhappy panties platform. I've always recommended that people so commando, so they can fling their poo if they want to.

At Fri Jun 06, 01:56:00 PM, Blogger chaos4700 said...

God bless Republicans and their silly, silly notions. The poor man's trying to make a false argument that somehow putting panties on people's heads was the worst thing we were -- hell, for all we know, still are -- doing to the people in our cozy little Caribbean gulag or other secret prisons we're employing in those morally myopic countries who ally to us like flunkies around a schoolyard bully.

And what has he really accomplished? He's made Americans look purile and churlish! Seriously, how exactly are these CACI people going about these interrogations? "Not going to tell us your secrets, eh? How about you try Victoria's Secrets on for size!"

Convicting someone on a confession your forced out of them by torturing and stripping them of their human dignity? That's a vile mockery of justice. Presenting evidence that you obtained by repeated snapping the waistband of a leopard print thong against the suspect's forehead? That's like you've become a crappy SNL sketch.

At Fri Jun 06, 02:07:00 PM, Blogger dguzman said...

What are idiots like Dana going to say when some "turrist" puts panties on an Amurkan soldier--then waterboards him, for good measure, as that's not supposed to be torture either?

I want to be there when people like Dana and Cheney get that news.

At Fri Jun 06, 03:33:00 PM, Blogger Dean Wormer said...

Unfortunately I agree with Rohrabacher.

Context is everything. Think Bea Arthur and Jessica Alba.

At Fri Jun 06, 05:39:00 PM, Blogger Bradda said...

It's much easier to make women on your home computer with panties on your head than a bra. Wyatt and Gary have nothing on me!

At Fri Jun 06, 08:36:00 PM, Blogger Utah Savage said...

Every little boy I've ever know has loved wearing women's panties on his head. These are American little boys. Dana just hasn't grown up much--he still likes wearing mommy's panties on his head. it's a cultural thing. Not so much the Middle Eastern little boys I'm betting. But I love your picture of Dana with those oh so virginal white panties on his fat head. And your posts are hilarious, but your comments thread is also. Yes, Dana is a fuckwad. Thanks Fran. Whenever Fran uses swear words I feel better about myself. Fran validates my heinous impulses.

At Sat Jun 07, 10:37:00 AM, Blogger Distributorcap said...

i wonder if Larry Craig wears panties?

At Sat Jun 07, 03:15:00 PM, Blogger Utah Savage said...

dcap, I'll bet he does.

At Sun Jun 08, 12:55:00 PM, Blogger GETkristiLOVE said...

Even in women's underwear, Dr. Monkey looks cute!

At Mon Jun 09, 08:55:00 AM, Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Let's just take his ass to gitmo and try a few things on him, other than panties.

At Mon Jun 09, 01:12:00 PM, Blogger Swinebread said...

OK maybe it's not torture... but it's fucking stupid

At Mon Jun 09, 03:42:00 PM, Blogger Billy Miller said...

Those underpants on Dana's head look extremely unhappy Doctor. I hope in your coming administration you can do something to alleviate this situation!

At Tue Jun 10, 11:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He said interrogation-by-panties was more akin to a "hazing pranks from some fraternity," not torture.

And how many kids die from hazing pranks every year? Them panties is dangerous!

Seriously though, hazing isn't exactly safe, it's meant to be humiliating and risky, isn't it?

At Tue Jun 10, 01:07:00 PM, Blogger mwb said...

Why people sell panties on eBay and no questions them!

I'm tired of the anti-panties bigotry!

At Tue Jun 10, 01:40:00 PM, Blogger Unconventional Conventionist said...

Hmmm. Blue Gal is strangely silent on this here panty issue.

What have you done to her, Zaius?!?!?

At Wed Jun 11, 01:09:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

MichaelBains: I don't mind if you wear underpants on your head, as long as they are Happy Underpants!

Randal Graves: Ha! That's rich, coming from a man that wears diapers!

Jess Wundrun: I have a feeling that we will never know the answer to your query. No one will ever torture him for information, because nobody cares about what he knows!

Übermilf: Indeed it is! But it also seems to be the name of a moronic blowhard.

Germaine Gregarious: Ha! Keffiyeh underpants are too good for this scoundrel! And I'll take his iced coffee and his Dunkin' Donuts. Two please! (Je l'aime quand vous 'mwah ha ha'.)

CDP: Think about it - if they send your 3 year old to Gitmo, he will still be wearing underpants on his head! Homeland Security has become redundant.

FranIAm: Indeed! The waddiest!

sanrioscenario: Ha! What a great link!

Dr. Monkerstein: Ha! So you admit that your platform is based entirely on poo flinging!

chaos4700: Ha! Great response. The Republican party and Saturday Night Live have a lot in common in that neither is very funny any more.

dguzman: Unfortuanately, I believe that the nuance of your very reasonable point will be entirely lost on the feeble minds of people like Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. **sigh**

Dean Wormer: Eek! Don't say that! You have put me off my iced coffee and Dunkin Donuts.

Bradda: Yeah, but Chet always horns in and ruins everything! ;o)

Utah Savage: Ha! Fran validates my heinous impulses too!

Distributorcap: I don't want to know.

Utah Savage: You are probably right.

GETkristiLOVE: Ha! So you too fling poo!

Pissed Off Patricia: Indeed. I would like to try a few golf club on him.

Swinebread: Yes. Very stupid.

Billy Miller: yay! Happy Underpants to the rescue!

The Ardent Thread: I would be first to agree that panties can be extremely dangerous, depending on who is wearing them.

MWB: Perhpas you don't understand. This isn't anti-underpants bigotry it it's Dana Rohrabacher defamation day!

Unconventional Conventionist: This is indeed Blue Gal material. She is kind of busy lately, so I am just filling in!


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