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Col. Bud Day on Torture

Message by Col. Bud Day expresses his viewpoint on the use of torture?

Published Jun 23, 2009

Claim:   Message by Col. Bud Day expresses his viewpoint on the use of torture.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, June 2009]

I thought you all might enjoy reading about what a Medal of Honor awardee
and former POW has to say about our current leader and what his definition
of "torture" is.

This is from Bud Day, Medal of Honor winner and most highly decorated
living American. His take is worth reading even though you may disagree.
It is truly amazing that the former POWs are not part of the debate on
this subject that is consuming so much of the airwaves.

Dear Kelly: Thanks for the "heads up" on the Medal of Honor spots. Some of
my friends have seen it already and mentioned it. I sent a copy of my book
to Fox News in D.C., and wanted Sean Hannity to be able to talk about what
torture really is. He has no one on his side to talk about torture..who
has been tortured. He is free to quote from the many illustrations that I
provided in my book " Duty Honor Country"

I got shot down over N Vietnam in 1967..a sq commander.

After I returned in 1973.. I published 2 books that dealt a lot with "real
torture" in Hanoi. Our make believe president is branding our country as a
bunch of torturers when he has no idea what torture is.

****e.g * as to me..put thru a mock execution cuz I wud not
respond...pistol whipped on the head...same event.. Couple of days
later...hung by my feet all day.
I escaped and got recaptured a couple of weeks later.. I got shot and
recaptured. Shot was OK...what happened after was not.

They marched me to Vinh.. put me in the rope trick trick..almost pulled my
arms out of the sockets
Beat me on the head w/ a little wooden rod until my eyes were swelled
shut, and my unshot unbroken hand a pulp.

Next day hung me by the arms...rebroke my right wrist...wiped out the
nerves in my arms that control the hands..rolled my fingers up into a

ball. Only left the slightest movement of my L forefinger. So I started
answering w/ some incredible lies.

Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.

Hanoi..on my knees..rope trick again. Beaten by a big fool.

Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.

Much kneeling--hands up at Zoo.

Really bad beating for refuse to condemn Lyndon Johnson.

Several more kneeling events. Cud see my knee bone thru kneeling holes.

There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo. I was the Senior Officer of
a large building

B-cuz of escape..they started a mass torture of all commanders.

I tk it was July 7, 1969..they started beating me w/ a car fan belt. In
first 2 days I took over 300 strokes..then stopped counting cuz I never
thought I wud live thru it.

They continued day-nite torture to get me to confess to a non-existant
part in the escape. This went on for at least 3 days. On my knees..fan
belting.. cut open my scrotunm w/ fan belt stroke. opened up both knee
holes again. My fanny looked like hamburger..I cud not lie on my back.

They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape..and that my 2
room-mates nu about it.

The next day I denied the lie.

They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of the fan belt
every day from about July 11 or 12rh..to 14 October 1969. I continued to
refuse to lie about my roomates again.

Now, the point of this is that our make-believe president has declared to
the world that we (U. S.) is a bunch of torturers.. thus it will be OK to
torture us next time when they catch us....cuz that is what the U.S. does.

Our make-believe president is a know nothing fool who thinks that pouring
a little water on some one's face, or hanging a pair of womens pants over
an Arabs head is TORTURE. He is a meathead.

I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness who was also in my sq in jail
.as was John McCain..and we agree that McCain does not speak for the POW
group when he claims that Al Ghrib ws torture.. or that "water boarding"
is torture.

Our president and those fools around him who keep bad mouthing our great
country are a disgrace to the United States. Please pass this info on to
Sean Hannity. He is free to use it to point out the stupidity of the
claims that water boarding ..which has no after effect..is torture. If it
got the Arab to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on the
twin towers in NYC...hurrah for the guy who poured the water.

Col. Bud Day MOH


Origins:   Research in progress.

Last updated:   23 June 2009

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