Torture Documents: What’s The Deal And Who Cares?

Excitable Andy

No mention of the torture memos appears right now on the Drudge Report (which provides news of a prank at Dominos pizza), Instapundit (which mentions the new DVD for the Lord of The Rings trilogy), Pajamas Media, or Michelle Malkin. They are reacting to the evidence of war crimes committed by the president of the United States the way they did at the time the crimes were committed.

If you look at the long list of links at Memeorandum, you’ll see very few conservative blogs listed. Why? Because, for the most part, we really do not care if stone cold jihadis were made uncomfortable with hot and cold conditions, listening to Christina Aguilera music, sleep deprivation, and being exposed to women (only in the Muslim jihadi world are women considered torture.) Our concern is for the 3,000 men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, a date that barely exists in Liberal World. Our concern is for people like Nick Berg. Our concern is in stopping Islamist attacks. Our concern is stopping the march of radical Islam. Not Gitmo detainees (heck, even France, after all the diaper nashing, is only willing to take one (1) if Obama ever actually closes the site)

Justice Department documents released yesterday offer the fullest account to date of Bush administration interrogation tactics, including previously unacknowledged strategies of slamming a prisoner into a wall and placing an insect near a detainee terrified of bugs.

The four memos, dated from 2002 to 2005, contain few redactions, despite a fierce battle within the highest ranks of the Obama White House about the benefits of releasing the information. Intelligence experts said the documents could ignite calls in Congress and among international courts for a fresh, independent investigation of detainee treatment.

The documents lay out in clinical, painstaking detail a series of practices intended to get prisoners to share intelligence about past wrongdoing and future attacks. The legalistic analysis under anti-torture laws and the Geneva Conventions is at odds with the severity of the strategies, which include 11-day limits on sleep deprivation as well as waterboarding and nude shackling.

Hey, you never know if they like that kind of thing till you ask. And, let’s not forget, more civil liberties groups have waterboarded their own folks during demonstrations then were waterboarded by the U.S. And very little was blacked out, which leads to

Michael Hayden, who led the CIA under President George W. Bush, said CIA officers now will be more timid and allies will be more reluctant to share sensitive intelligence.

“If you want an intelligence service to work for you, they always work on the edge. That’s just where they work,” Hayden said. Now, he argued, foreign partners will be less likely to cooperate with the CIA because the release shows they “can’t keep anything secret.”

The thing is, all the diaper nashers and bed wetters on the Left care more about Islamic jihadis and hating Bush then they do for protecting the people and property of the United States of America. Remember all the talk about how exposing Valerie Plame’s name would seriously harm our ability to gather intelligence overseas, despite her being an office jockey? That means nothing now, apparently, especially since more bed wetters, otherwise known as the ACLU, want more released

In response to litigation filed by the American Civil Liberties Unionunder the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Justice Department today released four secret memos used by the Bush administration to justify torture. The memos, produced by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), provided the legal framework for the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other illegal interrogation methods that violate domestic and international law.

The ACLU has called for the Justice Department to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate torture under the Bush administration.

Ah, so, we can blame future intelligence failures on the ACLU. The “A” stands for something, I’m not sure what.

Now, Obama has stated that most CIA operatives involved will not be prosecuted (how magnanimous of him!) and he will offer legal help if and when (put your money on “when”) someone sues them. It’s just amazing: the Left has no problem going after the very people who work to protect them from foreign enemies, yet want to treat the same foreign enemies with comfy chairs and soft cushions.

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4 Responses to “Torture Documents: What’s The Deal And Who Cares?”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Teach do you believe that waterboarding is torture ? If Obama releases ALL of the detainees than Bush will still have released 2 times as many. My position is that ALL who break laws should be prosecuted. It is because we are a nation of laws where the rule of law is paramount. People should be prosecuted when they break laws not just when t is politically expedient.

  2. UNRR says:

    This post has been linked for the HOT5 Daily 4/18/2009, at The Unreligious Right

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