Saturday, April 25, 2009

War criminals, part XXIV

The Bush Administration apologist keep running away from possible indictments by saying their interrogation program wasn't torture because the military's Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) had checked out their program and found it okay.

As everyone has by now anticipated, that is a lie:

The military agency that provided advice on harsh interrogation techniques for use against terrorism suspects referred to the application of extreme duress as "torture" in a July 2002 document sent to the Pentagon's chief lawyer and warned that it would produce "unreliable information."

There's the infamous story about Dick Cheney that during the First Gulf War he badgered Norman Schwartzkopf by sending him videotapes of "The Civil War" in an off-handed slap that this modern general, with half-a-million men and hundreds of tanks was pulling a "McClellan".

I'm sure that Schwartzkopf's response had a few private expletives that mentioned "Dicks" five deferments.

But Cheney seems particularly swayed by television. Like an old person who believes that soap operas are real. And so we can pay attention to the fact that Cheney really, really liked "24" and thought Jack Bauer knew how to get information out of people and everything was a ticking time bomb because Jack Bauer had so many of them.

What a pathetic ass.

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