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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tortured Logic

The CIA's Questioning Worked By Marc A. Thiessen:
Critics claim that enhanced techniques do not produce good intelligence because people will say anything to get the techniques to stop. But the memos note that, "as Abu Zubaydah himself explained with respect to enhanced techniques, 'brothers who are captured and interrogated are permitted by Allah to provide information when they believe they have reached the limit of their ability to withhold it in the face of psychological and physical hardship." In other words, the terrorists are called by their faith to resist as far as they can -- and once they have done so, they are free to tell everything they know. This is because of their belief that "Islam will ultimately dominate the world and that this victory is inevitable." The job of the interrogator is to safely help the terrorist do his duty to Allah, so he then feels liberated to speak freely.

This is the secret to the program's success.

WTF?!

It's OK to torture, because Allah says it's OK?!

Sadly, there is a subset of the American population that will believe this drivel and use it to rationalize war crimes that, in additional to being immoral and illegal, undermined the USA's standing in the world community making us less safe in the long run. No terrorist plots were foiled... Marquis de Cheney just spent millions upon millions chasing false intelligence and patted himself on the back for the sheer quantity (no mention is given anywhere for the quality) of leads produced.

Please.

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