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Re: Thoughts on Senate CIA report
The difference was that in WWll, we knew who the enemy was. We sought justice against mainly 2 countries. After 9/11, there were no countries to go after. And it's not like we had good Intel in that part of the world. Very little actually. Putting spies in Russia and Germany was a lot easier than the Middle East. Gathering Intel was difficult. Still is. The evil was no different. Just more difficult to root out. I don't have a problem whatsoever with how we used enhanced interrogation techniques on 3 terrorists. And I'm not alone.
Originally Posted by Scatabrain
Thomas Sewell said,
"If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City -- set to go off today -- and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when? Would you pause to look up the definition of "torture"? Would you even care what the definition of "torture" was, when the alternative was seeing millions of innocent people murdered?". His point is compelling. Sowell goes on to say,
"One of the most obscene acts of the Obama administration, when it first took office, was to launch a criminal investigation of CIA agents who had used harsh interrogation methods against captured terrorists in the wake of the devastating September 11, 2001 aerial attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Right after those terrorist attacks, when there were desperate fears of what might be coming next, these CIA agents were trying to spare fellow Americans another attack that could take thousands more lives, or perhaps millions more. To turn on these agents, years later, after they did what they were urged to do, as a patriotic duty in a time of crisis, is both a betrayal of those who acted in the past and a disincentive to those in the future who are charged with safeguarding the nation.
Other nations, whose cooperation we need, in order to disrupt international terrorist networks, see how their involvement has now been revealed to the whole world -- including terrorists -- because supposedly responsible American officials, in the Congress of the United States, cannot keep their mouths shut. The public's "right to know" has often been invoked to justify publicizing confidential information. But is there any evidence that the American public was clamoring to learn state secrets, which every government has? I don't know where our nuclear weapons are located and I don't want to know, certainly not at the cost of letting our enemies know." We agree that torture is bad. But we disagree on the definition of torture. And that's not going to change.
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