Tuesday, April 21, 2009

On a "bright, sunny, safe day in April 2009"

Here we go. NY Times: "Banned techniques yielded 'high value information'"

President Obama's national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.

"High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa'ida organization that was attacking this country," Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.
I really don't have time to give this proper attention tonight so I'll kick it over to Ace and Minuteman and Patterico. Gotta go to bed; more tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Hey, at least oit only took four years for this to come out.

Anonymous said...

They didn't face transcontinental prosecution 4 years ago.

Dick Cheney used to unilaterally classify and declassify documents in his role as the third and a half branch of government. He suddenly woke up last week and "called for" the release of torture memos. Something he could have done himself, 12 weeks ago, if he'd wanted to. What unlucky timing!

Anonymous said...

I find the 'ends justify the means' argument to be full of false logic and disturbing. The justification for torture somehow requires the knowledge of what said torture would produce, not to mention all of the non-events it produced. The denominator is not how much good information was obtained, but how much information period + how many people in fact knew nothing