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March 18, 2005

Professional Interrogation is the New Torture

Director of the Central Intelligance Agency Porter Goss appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday and happily said that the CIA doesn't torture people now. When asked about previous methods, he declined to answer the question in a public hearing. Apparently, the fact that our government has tortured people is too important to national security for the public to hear. (That, by the way, is the justification for classifying information.)

Right. If you believe that professional interrogation techniques have nothing to do with torture; if you believe rendition (throwing people into foreign jails where there are no anti-torture laws) has nothing to do with torture, then I've got some great swampland to sell you.

More info:
"Questions Are Left by C.I.A. Chief on the Use of Torture," by Douglas Jehl in the NYT

Posted by cj at March 18, 2005 12:19 PM

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