I wish I could say I’ve been amazed few of our now called Mainstream Media mention the war criminals who have been prosecuteded for waterboarding by USA Justice System instead of parroting the “ticking time bomb” since torture..uh..CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY..uh..harsh/enchanced interrogation was not used before 9/11 attacks.
McClatchy’s Jonathan Landay was prescient about the fact “the administration authorized harsh interrogation in April and May of 2002–well before the Justice Department had rendered any legal opinion–its principal priority for intelligence was not aimed at pre-empting another terrorist attack on the U.S. but discovering a smoking gun linking Iraq and al-Qa’ida.
According to former Colin Powell aide Lawrence Wilkerson “So furious was this effort that on one particular detainee, even when the interrogation team had reported to Cheney’s office that their detainee ‘was compliant’ (meaning the team recommended no more torture), the VP’s office ordered them to continue the enhanced methods. The detainee had not revealed any al-Qa’ida-Baghdad contacts yet. This ceased only after Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, under waterboarding in Egypt, ‘revealed’ such contacts. Of course later we learned that al-Libi revealed these contacts only to get the torture to stop.
(Incidentally, al-Libi just committed suicide‘ in Libya. Interestingly, several U.S. lawyers working with tortured detainees were attempting to get the Libyan government to allow them to interview al-Libi….)
Still I am not amazed Stephen F. Hayes & the rest of the Right Wing Noise Machine Believe our formerly always hiding VP Dick Cheney is Winning the Debate despite ourNations’ loss of honor, credibility & moral high ground.
Dick Cheneys’ legacy tour is stirring up a lot of strong feelings — and dark humor. For the last three weeks Glenn Beck & the GOP water carriers have been playing what did Nancy Pelosi “Know & when did she know it” instead of questioning the veracity of our CIA.
Especially since former Senator Bob Graham & Newsmax.com have chronicled errors in the CIA briefing reports about when & what our legislators were told.
Yet Rush Limbaugh claims the Democrats have watered down (pun unintended) the definition of torture like the members of NOW changed the definition of domestic violence.
And his sidekick Sean Hannity uses a football to express his love of our Constitution.
Elizabeth Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president and a former State Department official, made a round of cable television appearances this week to defend her father’s waterboarding with the tortured logic that US soldiers receive the same treatment from cohorts.
Talk Radios’ Laura Ingraham suggest the popularity of the elevison show 24 is all the information needed to justify torture.
Yet John McCain her partys’ last standard bearer disagrees with the fiction.
And left-leaning Lawerence O’Donnell dismisses Dick Cheneys’ speech today & mentions the fact torture..uh..CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY..uh..harsh/ enhanced interrogation was not used even after the 1mth early 12noon delivery of the 3am wake-up call (the August 6, 2001 binLaden attack USA PDB).