Obama Cites Churchill as Authority on Torture
May 1, 2009 • 11:14AM

President Barack Obama, who, soon after his inauguration, returned a bust of Winston Churchill from the White House to the British Embassy, cited the same Winston Churchill as an authority, during last night's press conference on the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office, when asked a question about torture: "I was struck by an article that I was reading the other day, talking about the fact that the British, during World War II, when London was being bombed to smithereens, had 200 or so detainees. And Churchill said, 'We don't torture,' when the entire British — all of the British people were being subjected to unimaginable risk and threat. And then the reason was that Churchill understood, you start taking short-cuts, over time, that corrodes what's — what's best in a people. It corrodes the character of a country."

The fact that Obama would cite Winston Churchill as an authority in opposition to torture, when he has personal family knowledge to the contrary, is further evidence of the disastrous shift which has occurred in his thinking and public utterances since his trip to the G20 Summit in London where he embraced the Queen and her fascist consort. Even if Churchill did not torture German detainees during the bombing of London, for which there would have been no purpose, the fact remains that from 1951 to 1955, Churchill, as Prime Minister, oversaw Britain's brutal suppression of the Kikuyu people in Kenya, by unspeakable tortures, mass detentions, and forced labor — all under the pretext of suppressing the Mau-mau rebellion, which was, in part, a British counter-gang operation. Obama's own grandfather was viciously tortured by the British while he was imprisoned for two years, in 1949-51. When Churchill took office in 1951, he escalated and intensified the brutal policies underway in Kenya, which included the declaration of the Emergency in 1952 which provided a flimsy legal cover for Britain's violation of treaty agreements, including the Geneva Conventions, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the UN Convention Against Torture.