Dick Cheney and openness are two things that rarely go together. But in the wake of the CIA Memo release, many pro-torture advocates remain adamant that torture works. Cheney, likely the most vocal proponent of such practices, now wants more documents declassified, those that he claims support “harsh interrogation” methods.
“One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the CIA got from the Office of Legal Counsel, but they didn’t put out the memos that showed the success of the effort,” Cheney said.
Cheney said he’s asked that the documents be declassified because he has remained silent on the confidential information, but he knows how successful the interrogation process was and wants the rest of the country to understand.
“I haven’t talked about it, but I know specifically of reports that I read, that I saw, that lay out what we learned through the interrogation process and what the consequences were for the country,” Cheney said. “I’ve now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was.”
By the way surprise, water boarding wasn’t used as infrequently as the Bush/Cheney administration had proclaimed for years and that whole”We don’t torture” thing has been rebutted. According to some CIA officials and interrogation experts, officials gained and amassed the most valued and credible intelligence, not while inflicting harsh pain on a suspected terrorist but through other methods.
The Bush/Cheney legacy, just seems to be writing itself one grim chapter after another.
And in a what the f*&k moment from an opinion piece in the Washington Post that torture works, because Al-Queda suspects have permission to disclose information only if immense pain is inflicted upon them. Talk about an out of the box suggestion. Pardon the pun.
Critics claim that enhanced techniques do not produce good intelligence because people will say anything to get the techniques to stop. But the memos note that, “as Abu Zubaydah himself explained with respect to enhanced techniques, ‘brothers who are captured and interrogated are permitted by Allah to provide information when they believe they have reached the limit of their ability to withhold it in the face of psychological and physical hardship.” In other words, the terrorists are called by their faith to resist as far as they can — and once they have done so, they are free to tell everything they know. This is because of their belief that “Islam will ultimately dominate the world and that this victory is inevitable.” The job of the interrogator is to safely help the terrorist do his duty to Allah, so he then feels liberated to speak freely.