Saturday, April 18, 2009

Torture, Who Me? (Part III)

So, the reactions are already coming in... Of course, Bush and his gang of war criminals are mighty upset at this disclosure. Here's an extract from AFP:

"WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amid calls for torture prosecutions, former Bush administration officials Friday slammed President Barack Obama's release of terror interrogation memos, warning the move would fuel "timidity and fear" among US spies.

[I]n an editorial in The Wall Street Journal, former CIA director Michael Hayden and former attorney general Michael Mukasey charged that disclosure of the memos "was unnecessary as a legal matter, and is unsound as a matter of policy."

"Its effect will be to invite the kind of institutional timidity and fear of recrimination that weakened intelligence gathering in the past, and that we came sorely to regret on September 11, 2001."

It should of course be pointed out that Obama has pledged NOT to prosecute any CIA operative who flouted such pussilanimous "institutional timidity" - which of course means no prosecutions of anyone above them either! - a position the ACLU has already denounced as "untenable."

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