Category Archives: Torture

Phil Musser on Seeing the Face of Terror | TPMTV

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Well, now we know what the ‘Assholes of Government’ look like, thanks to Phil Musser. As my friend Petey Feliz said, at least this Gitmo thing had nothing to do with skin color. PSYCH!

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More on Torture and Stupidity

Here’s Yglesias on the dreadfully faulty logic of the Bush-Cheney Regime during their torture days.

And note that when people say that “torture doesn’t work” as an intelligence-gathering method, the point isn’t that it never produces an accurate piece of information. The point is that its application doesn’t systematically enhance the quality of your intelligence. In this case, for example, not only does torture appear to have vastly eroded key elements of America’s strategy of self-presentation in the world, it contributed to our undertaking a massive policy blunder that led to much more loss of innocent life than occurred on 9/11.

The more I think about this, the more I think that prosecutions, tribunals, reconciliation committees and the impeachment of Jay Bybee are essential to solve this problem.

Adm. Dennis Blair: FAIL

Guh. Apparently, Obama’s national intelligence director is not all that smart. Adm. Dennis Blair wrote in a memo last week — on the very same day that Obama made public for the first time the Bush “torture memos” — that harsh interrogation techniques (I’m pretty sure Blair was talking about, um, torture) actually yielded results!?

“The information gained from these techniques was valuable in some instances, but there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means,” Admiral Blair said in a written statement issued last night. “The bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security.”

“Hurt our image around the world?” Well, yes, obviously. Second only to Ayman al-Zawahiri, George W. Bush did more to radicalize Islamists during the last decade, because he was such a stupid, despicable man, but it seems that Blair has forgotten the simple fact about torture: it’s a morally bankrupt and evil thing to do on any level.

Beyond Adm. Blair’s inability to speak intelligently about the subject, and his inability to sufficiently cover his ass, let’s now look to the fact that he put his idiotic statements in writing in a goddammed memo. Did someone not tell this guy about leaks? What the shit was this guy thinking?