Thought I'd start the new year out right by sharing my enhanced understanding of our country's EITs (or enhanced interrogation techniques). Thanks to Vice President Cheney's Meet the Press interview of 14 December, I am much clearer regarding our country's torture policy. In addition, I thoroughly comprehend now why a majority of my fellow countrymen/women are totally down with it.
Here's our policy, simply stated:
1. Our country does not torture. Our country will sometimes use techniques that stop short of our definition of torture: the physical pain "equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death." In other words, we only "torture" (quotation marks required), but we never torture.*
2. We "torture" to save our asses.**
3. If "torture" cannot save our asses, it's at least worth a try.***
4. If we sometimes torture innocent people, well, it's an honest mistake. Besides, those guys have brown skin and Arab names, so they don't count.****
5. We can "torture" because we're the good guys.***** No one else is permitted to torture or even to "torture."
* "We were very careful to stop short of torture.... All of the techniques that were authorized by the president
were, in effect, blessed by the Justice Department opinion that we could
go forward with those without, in fact, committing torture." Transcript of Meet the Press Interview
is to get the guys who did 9/11 and it is to avoid another attack
against the United States."
*** (excerpt of Senate Torture Report) "A review of C.I.A. cables and other C.I.A. records found that the use
of the C.I.A.'s enhanced interrogation technique played no role in the
identification of Jose Padilla or the thwarting of the dirty bomb or the
tall buildings plot."
****Chuck Todd: "25% of the detainees though, 25% turned out to be innocent. They were released...Is that too high? You're okay with that margin for error?" Mr. Cheney: "I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective."
*****"Chuck, if you look at it and you look at what the people running the
agency said and what Jose Rodriguez said who ran the program, he's a