Daily Archives: February 22, 2015

There’s been a lot of blather in the “news” lately about the lies of Bill’O

BO

and Helicopter Boy

BW

Both of course are small potatoes compared to the complicity of a credulous “Mainstream Media” — namely The World’s Worst Newspaper

NYT

In buying the easily prove lies of this creep

JM

And now her former bosses have elected to disremember it all, as they get all High-Minded with a Major Op-Ed screaming: “Prosecute the Torturers and Their Bosses”

Americans have known about many of these acts for years, but the 524-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report erases any lingering doubt about their depravity and illegality: In addition to new revelations of sadistic tactics like “rectal feeding,” scores of detainees were waterboarded, hung by their wrists, confined in coffins, sleep-deprived, threatened with death or brutally beaten. In November 2002, one detainee who was chained to a concrete floor died of “suspected hypothermia.”

These are, simply, crimes. They are prohibited by federal law, which defines torture as the intentional infliction of “severe physical or mental pain or suffering.” They are also banned by the Convention Against Torture, the international treaty that the United States ratified in 1994 and that requires prosecution of any acts of torture.
So it is no wonder that today’s blinkered apologists are desperate to call these acts anything but torture, which they clearly were. As the report reveals, these claims fail for a simple reason: C.I.A. officials admitted at the time that what they intended to do was illegal.

“Americans have known about many of these acts for years” because they’ve consulted sources other than “the Newspaper of Record.”

Ordinarily I’d simply be moved to cue Claude Rains

And Annie Lennox.

But lies of this order require stronger analogies.

So take it away Terry Gilliam (and company)