Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Fruits of Torture...

...are apparently nothing.  According to this Washington Post article the CIA used waterboarding and other forms of torture at the behest of top White House and CIA officials on a al-Qaeda supporter named Abu Zubaida.  Under torture, Zabaida confessed to all sorts of plots that didn't exist.  The Post quotes an intelligence official saying, "we spent millions of dollars chasing false alarms."

The fact that torture does not work is the least of the problems with using it as a tool.  Torture is first and foremost a moral outrage and a crime against humanity.  Reports are now coming out that the same Spanish prosecutor that convicted Augusto Pinochet is investigating Bush administration officials William Haynes, David Addington, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, Douglas Feith, and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.  Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon is investigating the six for creating the legal justification for President Bush's torture program.

The world now views the U.S. as being on par with the Pinochet regime.  Thank you George Bush and Dick Cheney for nothing but making us equal to Augusto Pinochet. 

1 comment:

  1. Pretty sure that if they'd just asked my dad, he could have told them this already. Duh.

    I think members of the government persist in torture because they worry that if *they* were tortured, they'd give up all sorts of super-duper, double-top secret state secrets. So of course that should be their strategy with enemies of the U.S. Wankers. (bless their hearts...)