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O, The Discomfort!

posted at 10:44 am on April 19, 2009 by

The lefties have their shorts in a twist about the CIA “torture” memos. The latest is the revelation, contrary to an earlier report, that the terrorists to whom this was applied didn’t cave within seconds and start spilling the information that prevented “dozens of attacks,” but were treated to repeat applications over a period of a month, 183 applications of water in the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 83 in the case of Abu Zubayadah. The only other person to be waterboarded by the CIA, Cole plotter al-Nashiri, apparently spilled a lot quicker.

Breaks my heart. The memo in question makes interesting reading though, notes the extensive limitations on the use of waterboarding and other measures, and includes a lot of legal opining on precedents.

The lefties, oddly enough, left a lot out in their cherrypicking of the memo and their indignant insistence that the United States engage in a sort of Ed Norton “Fight Club” self-pummeling. These and other points discussed here … including the odd silence late on collateral damage from the anti-war crowd.

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Try as I might, I cannot bring myself to sadness over this. I wonder if it’s despite or because of I have a heart

thebrokenrattle on April 19, 2009 at 12:16 PM

An insider at the CIA has confided in me that they’ve already fast tracked the new methods of extracting information: the Comfy Chair and Poking With Soft Cushions.

Nethicus on April 19, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Nethicus on April 19, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Don’t forget the (dish) rack!

Kafir on April 19, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Another shining example of the bizarre world we live in. Can’t call terrorists terrorists and if they things they do are discussed it is fear mongering. But our folks need to be shot at sunrise. I liked the description of the insect torture, does anyone remember the photos of the bugs in Iraq?

Cindy Munford on April 19, 2009 at 7:10 PM