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Torturous Lies

Wednesday, Sept. 06, 2006 9:06 PM

Some excerpts from President Bush's speech earlier today:

For example, Zubaydah disclosed Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- or KSM -- was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, and used the alias 'Muktar.'"

You mean it wasn't Saddam?

And according to Ron Suskind's book, "The One Percent Doctrine" (one of the books I've read in the past year, not counting any Shakespeare), Zubaydah is nuts, and the information we got from him was questionable at best.

Note that in the midst of the fear mongering coming out of the White House, we're back to citing this guy as a source. Do we honestly think that after five years, this guy has any credible information on plots at all? That's like believing Joe Montana has the current 49ers playbook.

"We knew that Zubaydah had more information that could save innocent lives, but he stopped talking. As his questioning proceeded, it became clear that he had received training on how to resist interrogation."

"And so the CIA used an alternative set of procedures.
"These procedures were designed to be safe, to comply with our laws, our Constitution, and our treaty obligations. The Department of Justice reviewed the authorized methods extensively and determined them to be lawful."

In other words, we did all of the things that the New York Times reported � and which conservatives denounced as treasonous talk.

And the DOJ review included controversial legal expert John Yoo, as well as Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Where are the dissenting voices? No one said, "Hey, wait a minute, we're talking about torturing people!"

No one? What is this, the Locomotion? Everybody's doin' it?

"I cannot describe the specific methods used -- I think you understand why -- if I did, it would help the terrorists learn how to resist questioning, and to keep information from us that we need to prevent new attacks on our country. But I can say the procedures were tough, and they were safe, and lawful, and necessary."

Note the circular reasoning. We won't tell you how we're questioning the terorrists, not because it's horrible and illegal, but we don't want the terrorists to know how to prepare for the interrogation.

Except that as noted above, al-Zippity-doo-dah had, in fact, been trained to resist interrogation.

Frankly, Bush isn't giving the details, because he'd be culpable for his role.

It's time for Americans to look past the fear and address the facts. The Bush Administration has broken domestic and international law. They'll admit it in televised speeches.

And yet House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi won't consider impeachment. Why?

Why is it so important and essential to keep a corrupt, inept, bumbling, wannabe fascist in office?

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