Here's a quote is from Wednesday night's at Congregation B'nai Israel in Bridgeport.
"Now I've seen what happened in Abu Ghraib, and Abu Ghraib was not torture," Shays said at a debate Wednesday.
"It was outrageous, outrageous involvement of National Guard troops from (Maryland) who were involved in a sex ring and they took pictures of soldiers who were naked," added Shays. "And they did other things that were just outrageous. But it wasn't torture."
Today Shays attempted to defend his stance.
Shays defended his comments yesterday, saying he doesn't doubt that there has been torture at other prisons, but not at Abu Ghraib.
"I saw probably 600 pictures of really gross, perverted stuff," Shays said. "The bottom line was it was sex. . . . It wasn't primarily about torture."
Shays defined torture as anything that could cause mental or physical pain or sleep depravation.
He may have dug an even bigger hole with the clarification.
Anyone care to speculate as to what the hell Shays was/is thinking?
Update (by Bobby McGee):
Associated Press. "Shays: Abu Ghraib Abuses Were Sex Ring". CBS News. 10/13/06
Ginocchio, Mark. "Shays defends comments on Abu Ghraib". Stamford Advocate. 10/13/06