Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday Evening Breaking News: Military Arm Said Bush Plans Were Torture

The reds and blues are annoyed the public continues to call for accountability on Bush administration torture. Fictions offered thus far include:

1. The CIA didn't know the history of waterboarding. America prosecuted Japanese soldiers for waterboarding during WWII.

2. Waterboarding worked. It's not clear if Kalid Sheik Mohammad broke in 2 minutes or on his 183rd session.

3. America does not torture, using the highly parsed definition pushed by senior Bush officials.

The latest volley in the firefight over torture came from a Friday evening story. WaPo reported:

The military agency that helped to devise harsh interrogation techniques for use against terrorism suspects referred to the application of extreme duress as "torture" in a July 2002 document sent to the Pentagon's chief lawyer and warned that it would produce "unreliable information."

This warrants a serious investigation, not a series of news drips. Congress is not the group. Public hearings, where questions are limited to 3-5 minutes, would be a justice joke.

The Obama Justice Department continues shuffling its feet, as the President repeats his mantra of "move on." A special prosecutor is needed. A credible investigation will produce evidence that will guide any next steps. The red and blue teams avoid this necessary step, exposing the public to whatever the media can dig up. They save the meatiest stories for Friday evening, 5:22 pm.

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