Thursday, December 08, 2005

And You Thought Waterboarding Was A Sport

Sidney Blumenthal's piece on Condoliar Rice's trip through Europe exemplifies what has become a familiar strategy for this administration: issue a categorical statement denying wrongdoing and then in subsequent encounters with the media, qualify, qualify, qualify, until you finally admit that you're doing exactly what you denied doing in the first place, but that you are justified in doing so.

On that note I thought I heard Charles Krauthammer on NPR's "The World" yesterday defending the practice of waterboarding ("it gives you the sensation that you're drowning," farted Charles (perhaps not an exact quote) before going on to claim that we have not had a terrorist attack in this country since 9/11 because of these sorts of interrogation practices.

1 comment:

Kate said...

A "sensation of drowning" and that's not torture?

Apparently these torture-by-rendition yields really excellent cooked intelligence, just not actual intelligence, as witnessed by the Iraq-loves-al-Qaeda "credible evidence" the Egyptians tortured out of a man for us back in 2002.

Ugh. It's all so depressing.