Sunday, April 19, 2009

More Sickening Spin from White House on Torture

Bush Torture memos hit the public airwaves. One memo called into question the version of a "two minute" breaking of Khalid Sheik Mohammad. It indicated Khalid was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003. The legal basis for torture came a year later in March 2004.

For all this, the Obama team promised no investigations of CIA personnel. It even said the Justice Department would defend any agents charged.

Instead of Justice, Americans are to go forward. Horse Hockey! Consider the drivel offered by Obama's senior staffers:

"..the president of the United States does not believe that this is a contest between our values and our security. He thinks we can honor both and execute both. And that's what he's going to do.''-David Axelrod

Notice Axelrod left out justice for war crimes, for violating international treaties and obligations. Anybody else weigh in?

''The notion that somehow this all of a sudden is a game changer doesn't take cognizance of the fact that it's already in the system and in the public domain,'' said Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

As a result of Obama's decision, he said, ''we've enhanced America's image abroad. These were tools used by terrorists, propaganda tools, to recruit new terrorists. And the fact is, having changed America's image does have an impact on our security and safety and makes us stronger.''

Not in the public domain was the depth and breadth of Bush's waterboarding. 183 times in one month, a year before the quicksand legal foundation was laid?

As for enhancing America's image abroad, that would require holding the authors, approvers and implementers accountable. A decent administration would at least conduct a credible investigation.

The Obama team is chickenshit. Release a few memos, get people angered at the Bush cabal and move on. Practically, that makes America a joke abroad.

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