Monday, August 24, 2009

It wasn't just waterboarding

There is simply no way to express my outrage at the kinds of techniques the CIA and other intelligence agencies used to "extract" information from terror suspects. Simply stated, one should never use torture or blackmail to gather evidence. In the cases someone IS innocent, it only makes the suspect more likely to become a terrorist. So much for "we're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here." If even half of what today's declassified report said is true, it sullies what democracy is supposed to be about.

I note that the US Attorney General, Eric Holder, has referred the matter to a special prosecutor. This should not be a witch hunt in and of itself; but if officials at the CIA or the Dubya Administration aided and abetted the effort they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. That includes the President -- and executive privilege should not be a defence either.

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