First, let me get this out of the way. Torture is wrong; it rarely accomplishes what the torturer hopes and brings the person, group or nation that supports it down to the level of beasts that should be eradicated. There is no way that our government should be involved in torture. Period.
Except when torture is not torture.
And 59% of the American public believes that the methods that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used to gain intelligence is not torture. I am not a legal scholar and it wouldn’t matter if I was. The legal community is split in defining the “enhanced interrogation” techniques that were used in the aftermath of the 911 attack. Some believe they are torture while some do not. Both Senator McCain and Supreme Court Justice Scalia make fine distinctions and, although my definition falls between the two, I can see their point of view.
I am uncomfortable with the release of the executive summary of the Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, and I am not the only one. The 500+ page summary is a very flawed document. Not only was it compiled by just the Democrats (the Republican members of the committee refused to be involved with it), but it doesn’t allow any point of view other than what it was designed to do.
The Democrats, led by Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), waited years after the fact and then spent 4 more years and $40 million to point out that the Bush administration crossed the line when it came to enhanced interrogation. Unfortunately, it cherry picks data to prove the point of the Democrats and doesn’t give a voice to defenders of the program. Nor does it give a voice to the men and women of the CIA who carried it out. It also conveniently whitewashes the facts that the CIA had Congressional approval and oversight of its activities.
That is like holding a political debate but not allowing the opposing parties to speak. Then complaining that they broke your rules when they didn’t speak.
Defenders of the Senate report have already made the claim that the information in it comes from the CIA, and there is a lot of information that is disturbing from those sources, but taking a very slanted view of those activities is unhelpful, to say the least.
CIA director John Brennan said earlier this year that he “agrees with many of the findings in the report, and we disagree with others. We have acknowledged and learned from the program’s shortcomings and we have taken corrective measures to prevent such mistakes from happening again.”
The report was released now because after January the Republicans will have control of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and they would have either released a different version of the report or not released anything at all.
So my question for you is, how do you feel about this? I am still slogging through the report. It is particularly dry reading, but important and I may even take a shot at reading the 6,700 page report when it comes out, but I want to know what your gut feeling is.
Is this a desperate attempt to shore up Democrat prestige after their midterm defeat and repudiation? Or has Dianne Feinstein suddenly discovered a higher calling to the truth?
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