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Revelations of CIA Torture

Posted in Human Rights Abuses with tags , on August 26, 2009 by Black Pumpkin

Is torture passe by now?  Do you think the average American even cares if we tortured people or not?  I don’t know.  But it is important to find out exactly what happened because there are plenty of people around the world that care.  Not to mention that torture is illegal and immoral.  The US should never use torture and we must hold those responsible if we have found that they did indeed use torture on anyone at any time.

Obama has said that he wants to “look forward.”  In other words, I don’t want to deal with the war crimes that my predecessor and his administration committed.  Fortunately, Eric Holder does not feel exactly the same way.  He appointed a special investigator, Assistant US Attorney John Durham, to investigate the allegations of torture under the Bush Administration.  Unfortunately, those that actually did the torturing will not be prosecuted because they were merely following orders.  But if that also means that only those at the top of the food chain will be prosecuted, then I am fine with that.  We’ll have to wait and see…

However, the CIA did release a heavily redacted document that outlines some of the torture techniques and it shows that Washington was in control the whole time.  So if anyone wants to argue that these were bad apples or they were acting against orders, then they should read the Inspector General for the CIA’s report.  It’s pretty long, but with all the lines that are blacked out, it shouldn’t take long to read.



Posted in Domestic with tags , , on July 8, 2009 by Black Pumpkin

Not really.

There is a piece on Huffington Post that details an acknowledgement by Leon Panetta, the CIA Director, that the Agency did, in fact, lie to Congress.  Wow!  Really?  The only thing surprising about this is that it is being acknowledged publicly.

Also, don’t forget that the Republicans in Congress were all up in arms about Nancy Pelosi saying that the CIA lied to her.  Well, guess what?  I guess she was right.  Go figure.