09/25/2006 07:55 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Lieberman Uses Republican Operative 'With a Background in Brainwashing and a Problem with a Penis Pump'

If there was a competition for best blog lede, the following post by Lindsay Beyerman at Firedoglake would be a likely winner:

This week, Joe Lieberman enlisted a Republican operative with a background in brainwashing and a problem with a penis pump.

Mel Sembler is a former RNC finance chairman and the chair Scooter Libby's legal defense fund. The Florida real estate tycoon calls Dick Cheney a close friend. No doubt the bond between Sembler and the VP is strengthened by an optimism about the potential for torture to solve problems. If anything Sembler is even more optimistic than Cheney-he believes that torture can cure diseases like addiction

The post continues here--I'm travelling and will likely have more to say later in the week about the connection between the torturous teen rehab founded by Sembler and current policy, but Beyerstein covers the key points brilliantly.

I hope the growing tumult in the blogosphere this seems to have aroused will finally spur genuine action on this issue, because while Straight itself has closed, numerous descendents utilizing similar techniques live on and our blasé attitude towards adult torture may at least in part be a result.

My previous posts on the subject can be found here and here.