Torture is not like pornography: you don’t necessarily know it when you see it. Rather, what you think you see is not necessarily torture. I don’t see waterboarding as torture, for example, however panic-inducing it may feel to go through. Our special forces go through it routinely; so have news reporters. Others do consider it torture, hence their high dudgeon over our dark dungeons.
Me, I need to see permanent damage. I need Uday and Qusay Hussein-style depravity before I call foul.
CBS News reported Sunday that the report contains evidence that the CIA went beyond what was “legally allowable,” and that the agency lied to the White House, the Department of Justice and Congress about the effectiveness of the program.
The CIA told Fox News it would not comment until the report is released, but former agency officials have told Fox News that the agency’s program provided it with foundational intelligence about the Al Qaeda network after the Sept. 11 attacks. Former CIA Director Michael Hayden has previously told Fox News that it is not feasible to believe that three different CIA directors and three different deputy directors of the agency conspired over a seven-year period to lie about the program’s effectiveness. Hayden and former CIA General Counsel John Rizzo also have claimed that the program provided evidence that helped direct the 2011 raid that killed Al Qaeda Usama bin Laden.
U.S. officials who have read the report say it includes disturbing new details about the CIA’s use of such techniques as sleep deprivation, confinement in small spaces, humiliation and the simulated drowning process known as waterboarding.
President Obama has previously acknowledged, “We tortured some folks.”
Oh, shut up.
Humiliation? Humiliation? We suspect these guys of plotting unimaginably horrific acts of terrorism, and we’re worried about humiliation? No power tools, no cattle prods, no brass knuckles, no broken bones, no spilled blood. If this is all the report has to offer, we didn’t torture a single folk. (I reserve the right to change my mind once I read it.)
MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber will testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday about his role in selling the 2010 healthcare law to “stupid American voters” through deception and non-transparency. The hearing will be held by the House Oversight Committee and Gruber will have to field questions from Chairman Darrell Issa and angry lawmakers about the legislation.
They don’t know him, and they don’t want to know him:
Meanwhile, the White House has distanced itself from Gruber in the wake of his controversial comments and Health and Human Services sent a letter to Issa last week asking that officials from the Department, who will also testify tomorrow, be seated separately from Gruber. More from The Hill:
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is asking lawmakers not to seat ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber next to Medicare’s top official when the two testify on Capitol Hill next week.
HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation Jim Esquea wrote to the House Oversight Committee with the request, stating that government witnesses are “almost always afforded an opportunity” to sit alone or with other federal officials.
Kind of ironic for this most anti-military of administrations to employ diversionary tactics of which General Patton would be proud:
On Sunday, a top Republican lawmaker warned the release could cause “violence and deaths.”
And U.S. officials separately confirmed to Fox News that an advisory has been sent urging U.S. personnel overseas to reassess security measures in anticipation of the release. The message directs all overseas posts, including those used by CIA personnel, to “review their security posture” for a “range of reactions that might occur.”
A similar statement was being sent to military combatant commands to assess their readiness. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said Monday the combatant commands have been urged to “take appropriate force protection measures within their areas of responsibility.”
Who will cover Gruber if the Mideast is on fire?