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Right-Wing Media Tout Bin Laden Death As Victory For Torture, Ignore Dispute

May 04, 2011 5:51 pm ET — 73 Comments

In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death, numerous right-wing media figures have insisted that the United States would never have found him without information obtained through torture. However, there is considerable dispute among experts over whether torture played a role in developing critical intelligence that led officials to bin Laden's whereabouts.

Media Conservatives Declare Victory For Torture 

Hannity: "It Is Very Obvious Now That Enhanced Interrogations ... Led To The Intelligence." [Fox News, Hannity, 5/3/11, via Nexis]

Karl Rove: "We Now Know" That "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques ... Led To The Code Word, Code Name."[Fox News, Hannity, 5/3/11, via Nexis]

Wall Street Journal: Death Of Bin Laden "Looks To Be A Vindication Of Mr. Bush's Interrogation Policies."  [The Wall Street Journal, 5/2/11]

Jim Hoft: "Waterboarded Terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed" Gave Intel Leading To Bin Laden's Death. [Gateway Pundit, 5/2/11]

Dana Loesch: "God Bless George W. Bush For Implementing Enhanced Interrogation." [KFTK, The Dana Show, 5/2/11]

But Experts Say It's Unclear Any Key Intel Was Generated Via Torture

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair: "To The Best Of Our Knowledge," None Of The Intelligence "Came As A Result Of Harsh Interrogation Practices." From a May 3 post on TPM Muckraker:

More and more evidence suggests a key piece of intelligence -- the first link in the chain of information that led U.S. intelligence officials to Osama bin Laden -- wasn't tortured out of its source. And, indeed, that torture actually failed to produce it.

"To the best of our knowledge, based on a look, none of it came as a result of harsh interrogation practices," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee in a wide-ranging press conference.

Moreover, Feinstein added, nothing about the sequence of events that culminated in Sunday's raid vindicates the Bush-era techniques, nor their use of black sites -- secret prisons, operated by the CIA.

"Absolutely not, I do not," Feinstein said. "I happen to know a good deal about how those interrogations were conducted, and in my view nothing justifies the kind of procedures that were used." [TPM Muckraker, 5/3/11]

  

NSC Dismissed Efficacy Of Torture In Developing Intel On Bin Laden. The New York Times reported:

Glenn L. Carle, a retired C.I.A. officer who oversaw the interrogation of a high-level detainee in 2002, said in a phone interview Tuesday, that coercive techniques "didn't provide useful, meaningful, trustworthy information." He said that while some of his colleagues defended the measures, "everyone was deeply concerned and most felt it was un-American and did not work."

Obama administration officials, intent on celebrating Monday's successful raid, have tried to avoid reigniting a partisan battle over torture.

"The bottom line is this: If we had some kind of smoking-gun intelligence from waterboarding in 2003, we would have taken out Osama bin Laden in 2003," said Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security Council. "It took years of collection and analysis from many different sources to develop the case that enabled us to identify this compound, and reach a judgment that Bin Laden was likely to be living there." [The New York Times, 5/4/11]

 

The New Yorker: "This Timeline Doesn't Seem To Provide A Lot Of Support For The Pro-Torture Narrative." From a May 2 post on the website of The New Yorker:

Many key details are still missing. But according to the New York Times, the turning point came when detainees being held in Guantánamo--not in the C.I.A.'s secret black-site prisons--revealed to American interrogators the pseudonym used by a key bin Laden courier, whom they also identified as a protégé of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Then, four years ago, American interrogators were able to learn the real name of the courier. It then took two more years, according to the Times, before American officials were able to piece together the geographic region in which he operated. They didn't succeed in tracking him to the suspicious compound, in which bin Laden resided, until last August.

This timeline doesn't seem to provide a lot of support for the pro-torture narrative. One would think that if so-called "enhanced interrogations" provided the magic silver bullet, and if the courier was a protégé of K.S.M.'s, then the C.I.A. might have wrapped this up back in 2003, while they were waterboarding the 9/11 mastermind a hundred and eighty-three times. Despite these contradictions and complications, the two sides on the torture debate are already off and running. [NewYorker.com, 5/2/11]

Deputy National Security Advisor: Integral Intelligence Was Not Obtained By Waterboarding "To My Knowledge." From the May 3 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe:

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: So we've been talking about the different details and methods that led up to this moment, and obviously there is word out today that waterboarding played a very big role or a role in actually getting the information that was integral in finding Bin Laden. Is that the case?

JOHN BRENNAN: Not to my knowledge. The information that was acquired over the course of nine years or so came from many different sources: human sources, technical sources, as well as information that detainees provided. And it was something as a result of the painstaking work that the analysts did. They pieced it all together that lead us to the Abbottabad compound last year and resulted in the very successful operation on Sunday. [MSNBC, Morning Joe, 5/3/11]

CIA Director Panetta: Whether Torture Was Needed To Track Bin Laden "Is Always Going To Be An Open Question." From the May 3 edition of NBC Nightly News:

LEON PANETTA: We had a multiple source -- a multiple series of sources -- that provided information with regards to this situation. Clearly, some of it came from detainees and the interrogation of detainees. But we also had information from other sources as well. So, it's a little difficult to say it was due just to one source of information that we got.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Turned around the other way, are you denying that waterboarding was in part among the tactics used to extract the intelligence that led to this successful mission?

PANETTA: No, I think some of the detainees clearly were, you know, they used these enhanced interrogation techniques against some of these detainees. But I'm also saying that, you know, the debate about whether we would have gotten the same information through other approaches I think is always going to be an open question. [NBC, NBC Nightly News, 5/3/11, via RealClearPolitics]

TPM: Attorney General Said "He Didn't Know" If Information Obtained Through Torture Led US To Bin Laden. From a May 3 post on TPM Muckraker:

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that he didn't know if any information obtained from detainees undergoing enhanced interrogation techniques lead to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

"There was a mosaic of sources that lead to the identification of the people" who lead to bin Laden, Holder told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Pressed by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) on whether any information used to find bin Laden came out during enhanced interrogation, Holder said he didn't know. [TPM Muckraker, 5/3/11]

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    • Author by ThomasJH268 (May 04, 2011 5:55 pm ET)
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      Let's face it the moronic lying FOXPAC tea-tards are desperate to have W claim credit for any part of Bin Laden's death. Even though all the facts show W did absolutely nothing.
      The preponderance of evidence suggests that torture played absolutely no role in the tracking down of Bin Laden at all.

      But let the FOXPAC morons have their dream, it'll just show the people with any intelligence how dishonest and stupid they are
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    • Author by WilliamP (May 04, 2011 6:02 pm ET)
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      If Bush's interrogation methods lead to the intel on Bin Laden, then that is VERY BAD for Bush. Supposedly the intel went back to the capture of Khalid Sheik Muhammed in 2003. Bush didn't find Bin Laden, and then closed down the CIA Bin Laden unit in 2005. Obama re-established the unit when he got into office, and it helped hunt down Bin Laden.

      If Bush's policies got the info, then that's not a GOP victory. It makes them look incompetent.
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      • Author by bintx (May 04, 2011 6:30 pm ET)
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        Exactly. Another thing that looks bad for Bush is that the CIA bin Laden unit shut down about the same time that bin Laden moved into his cushy digs in Pakistan.
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        • Author by papa bear3 (May 05, 2011 2:28 pm ET)
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          . . .and this was reported on the Bill Maher Show by Christiane Amanpour but was talked over by a joking Majer and Gary Shandling, jerks, she even cited a source. WTF
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    • Author by JJJ (May 04, 2011 6:11 pm ET)
         
      Classic 'Post hoc ergo proptero hoc' fallacy
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    • Author by bar2 (May 04, 2011 6:11 pm ET)
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      "Enhanced Interrogations"? Oh, that must be part of the "Enhanced Constitution" that I have not had a chance to read yet.

      Why does the right want to lower us down to the same level of those which we are working so hard to put down? Are we better than that or do they really want to be just the other side of the same coin.

      Lets keep our heads high, stand by the beliefs that are core and not go down that dark road.
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      • Author by right ON 2 (May 04, 2011 6:18 pm ET)
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        I agree. We are supposed to reject the savagery of al Queda, not reflect it.
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      • Author by eweston8542983 (May 04, 2011 6:43 pm ET)
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        For too many of the ideologiclly pure rightwingers, it just isn't a good day unless someone they dislike is hurt in some way.

        They have issues, issues they'd have all of us share in, or else.
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      • Author by mikehuck76 (May 05, 2011 4:30 pm ET)
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        I agree. The question about torture is not whether or not it works. Although, I think you are more likely to get the answer they think you want whether than the correct answer. Whatever will make you stop torturing them. But, that has never been the question about torture. At least, not to civilized people. The question is whether or not this is who we are. Are we the good guys? Or are we just as savage as they are?
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    • Author by steeve (May 04, 2011 6:15 pm ET)
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      The headline here made me think that I'd see evidence that torture helped, but that there could be varied interpretation.

      But no. There was no evidence at all. I'd use different words than "dispute" and "unclear" when talking about something completely made up.
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    • Author by cornelison (May 04, 2011 6:17 pm ET)
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      Republicans would. After all, they're the party of the "Torture by a Thousand Tax Cuts."
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    • Author by mikelartist (May 04, 2011 6:36 pm ET)
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      Hannity et al are all uneducated. Apparently their logic and math skills suffered the most from neglect.

      If torture got all this great intel over 5 years ago then why didn't the Bush team act on it? Why did they do nothing? How many servicemen died from their inaction?

      Earlier this morning MMFA exposed the right wing whining about Obama supposedly taking 16 hours to make a decision. 16 hours is too long to wait to act but 5 long years is just peachy for Bush and his klan.

      How bizarre the right wing has become is almost scary.
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      • Author by papa bear3 (May 05, 2011 2:31 pm ET)
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        . . .bizarre is too polite, that hacienda was paid for by somebody, do you think the receipts will show up on those confiscated hard drives.

        I wonder how the Pakistani families feel who lost sons looking for that schmvck.
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    • Author by mcgloinm (May 04, 2011 8:47 pm ET)
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      I hope the right-wing keeps this up, the more they whine the sillier they look.
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    • Author by okiepoli (May 04, 2011 9:17 pm ET)
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      @Hannity: "It Is Very Obvious Now That Enhanced Interrogations ... Led To The Intelligence."

      So then, you should make good on your boast to be water-boarded for charity - you might gain some intelligence.

      Oh, yeah - speaking of charity - where's the money, Sean?
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    • Author by my4cents (May 04, 2011 9:48 pm ET)
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      Even king of abu ghraib,rumsfeld, said nothing of value was learned by torture, aka enhanced .....
      If he was serious, why does he not go on on fox news, and slap hannity?
      Heartless people they are, that is why.
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      • Author by as promised (May 05, 2011 11:26 am ET)
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        The guy has been fading in and out of clarity and delusion (Alzheimers?) ever since he started making the rounds pumping his book. On every show he's been on he has contracted himself. A few nights ago on Greta's show he was actually very sensible. He has since done a complete 180 and is saying totally different things. As someone pointed out, "back in his day" he only heard and was told what he wanted to hear. He is not a good source.
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    • Author by CenterRight (May 04, 2011 10:00 pm ET)
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      "there is considerable dispute among experts over whether torture played a role"

      Yet you only present one side of the arguement, so pathetic.
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      • Author by Johaely (May 05, 2011 12:14 am ET)
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        And the other side is what? Torture works even though the reality is that it doesn't?
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      • Author by kabniel (May 05, 2011 5:53 am ET)
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        center

        What is pathetic is how incredibly STUPID you are. You are like the moron who when told the Earth is round snivels that we arent giving the other side from the flat Earth society. GOD but I just cant believe what a soulless moron you are
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        • Author by CenterRight (May 05, 2011 9:30 am ET)
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          Extremists belive those in the center (left and right) are soulless morons.
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          • Author by kabniel (May 05, 2011 9:35 am ET)
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            Center

            Brainwashed MORONS like you have delusions that you are capable of higher brain function and that what YOU think matters to any rational human being. You ARE a soulless moron. That is obvious to anyone that can read
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            • Author by CenterRight (May 06, 2011 1:42 am ET)
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              Extremists in the far left and far right think those of us in the center are soulless morons - just admit you're a partisan extremist.
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              • Author by kabniel (May 06, 2011 1:45 am ET)
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                Center

                You are a LIAR. I admit I am pretty far to the left. Not partisan at all. In fact I am not even a Democrat. Why dont YOU just admit you are a mindless moron? As I have pointed out several times you are too STUPID to know where the center is. You are not center. I know soulless morons like you think anyone to the left of Atilla the Hun is a liberal. That doesnt make it so
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          • Author by mikehuck76 (May 05, 2011 4:32 pm ET)
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            Delusional people are the only ones who believe that your ideology is in the center, CenterRight. Truly delusional people.
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      • Author by wookie (May 05, 2011 11:54 am ET)
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        Rumsfeld said torture wasn't inolved and you guys taught us to trust him.
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      • Author by mikehuck76 (May 05, 2011 4:31 pm ET)
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        What is the other side? Who are the other experts? Pathetic indeed.
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    • Author by Tbone Slickens (May 04, 2011 11:25 pm ET)
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      Williams: So, final point, one final time: enhanced interrogation techniques, which has always been kind of a handy euphemism in these post-9/11 years, that includes waterboarding.

      Panetta: That’s correct.


      I wonder why mmfA left the rest of the interview out?
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      • Author by Unreality (May 05, 2011 12:04 am ET)
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        [quote](05-04) 04:00 PDT Washington -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that none of the information that led to the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden came from torture or harsh detention policies practiced under the Bush administration.

        link to article

        DiFi is on the right wing of the Dem party. She and Jane Harmon have been watching for a long time.

        My last point: If waterboarding KSM 183 times in 2003 was so effective, why did it not produce reliable intelligence? It's because torture NEVER produces reliable intelligence. It produces lots of talk but not reliable. When CIA and military returned to proven rapport-building interrogation n 2006 they started getting reliable information.
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      • Author by Ribelin2000 (May 05, 2011 3:37 am ET)
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        Just because waterboarding was used on these detainees doesn't mean that's how we got the information.
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      • Author by kabniel (May 05, 2011 5:55 am ET)
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        Tbone

        You are so stupid it is embarassing. We KNOW that enhanced interrogation techniques includes watherboarding. How irrelevant is THAT? You do know you are pathetic RIGHT?
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        • Author by dpfindlay5090 (May 06, 2011 3:09 pm ET)
             
          Tbone: We have seen no evidence that torture had anything to do with finding bin Laden. The whole courier story could very well be a fabrication to protect sources and/or methods. If for example, our government paid someone in Pakistani intelligence for bin Laden's whereabouts, releasing that information might endanger the source. Why would they say anything about how they found him unless they were going to issue a self-serving cover story?

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    • Author by jonimacaroni1 (May 05, 2011 12:37 am ET)
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      Even if some info was gathered via torture, that doesn't mean that it couldn't have been gathered even more effectively via non-torturous interrogation methods!
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      • Author by eweston8542983 (May 05, 2011 1:12 am ET)
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        But but but, that would violate the rightwing's constitutional (look it up...its in there) right to apply exjudicial pain upon the "other" du-jour.
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        • Author by kabniel (May 05, 2011 8:20 am ET)
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          CenterWrong

          You are a stupid, pathetic, vile piece of garabage. You are too stupid to know what the mainstream is.
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      • Author by CenterRight (May 05, 2011 9:32 am ET)
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        Why are you so concerned about protecting terrorists? God forbid something happens to one of your family members then you'd change your tune.
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        • Author by kabniel (May 05, 2011 9:37 am ET)
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          Torture is evil. Why are you such a soulless moron? The way we treat ANYONE is as much about who WE are as who they are. If we violate our values because THEY are bad, it makes US bad. Doing what is WRONG because YOU are a gutless coward who wants to feel better because someone is being tortured isnt really a compelling reason to violate our values. It is just a shame you are so soulless, so lacking in decency and humanity that you dont even have a concept of what decency is. I pity you
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          • Author by CenterRight (May 06, 2011 1:39 am ET)
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            So you think torturing a terrorist is wrong but killing an unarmed terrorist is ok. What a moron.
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            • Author by kabniel (May 06, 2011 1:50 am ET)
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              center

              You are a LIAR. You are also too stupid to know what I think. Were they convicted of being terrorists in court or are they SUSPECTED terrorists? I think apprehending self admitted criminals is ok. I think using deadly force to do so is allowable. If he had given up, I would expect the SEALS would have taken him alive. I would have preferred that.

              Since you are such a gutless coward it seems you think violating our own values and ethical standards is just fine. You know you would be screaming bloody murder if our enemies tortured OUR men. As I said you must hold yourself, your enemies and your friends all to the same standard to even PRETEND to have morals. I get you are too stupid to understand this and that you, being the soulless moron you are dont even have a concept of decency, honor, or humanity. You have no soul. I pity you

              You calling someone ELSE a moron is delicious irony. You are stupider than brass bubblegum.
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              • Author by Goodfella57 (May 06, 2011 11:47 am ET)
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                kabneil:

                We should be so lucky if our 'enemies' only used torture on our captured soldiers. They will usually just chop their heads off.
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                • Author by eweston8542983 (May 06, 2011 11:53 pm ET)
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                  Letting your opponet set the moral tone of the conflict is good because?
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        • Author by Johaely (May 05, 2011 10:42 am ET)
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          If something happens to my family members, torture wouldn't have prevented it. Torturing even a guilty person wouldn't bring them back.
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        • Author by as promised (May 05, 2011 11:28 am ET)
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          Cheney and Bush are fugitives from the law, you know that, right? There are a great many countries they dare not set foot in.
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          • Author by kabniel (May 05, 2011 3:49 pm ET)
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            I HOPE that is so. I fear other countries would be, out of decorum, loathe to arrest and try Bush or Cheney. I hope you are right
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        • Author by mikehuck76 (May 05, 2011 4:54 pm ET)
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          Wow. That is how you base your belief system, Center? How very sad. We should base our legal rulings on how we would feel if it happened to one of our family members? How juvenile and antiquated. In fact, that is closer to how the Middle Eastern theocracies operate. Grow up.
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        • Author by jonimacaroni1 (May 05, 2011 7:49 pm ET)
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          I'm not "protecting terrorists".

          We should not torture anyone, even terrorists. It's not because they don't deserve punishment. It's because we shouldn't torture any human being.
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      • Author by wookie (May 05, 2011 11:59 am ET)
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        If we torture someone innocent, not only is it unethical but it encourages them to make up a story to satisfy the torturer.
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        • Author by kabniel (May 05, 2011 4:12 pm ET)
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          That is the thing. Torture isnt that effective in getting information what it is VERY effective doing is illiciting false confessions and getting them to say what you want to hear. Remember all that information the Catholic Church got about communing with Satan during the Inquisitions
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    • Author by kabniel (May 05, 2011 9:00 am ET)
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      I posted this on another thread but it applies just as well here

      This is actually a simple concept

      Honor. Integrity. Those are gifts a person gives themselves. Also countries. You do what is right. You do what is right when it comes at a cost, when it puts you in danger, when it is inconvienient. If you only have values and morals when there is no cost you dont HAVE them at all.

      The rightwing demands that our country be seen and treated like we are the epitome of an honorable country at the same time they demand we act WITHOUT honor. I am not sure this is because they are so ignorant or because they are cowards or if they just have no concept of honor
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    • Author by as promised (May 05, 2011 11:17 am ET)
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      If it was SO effective, why did they stop using it? If it was SO effective, why did it produce no results?
      There has been an endless parade of former (and current) intel people making the rounds on the talk shows, people with first-hand knowledge (UNLIKE Rumsfeldt) who say over and over that it does not work, did not work. They have also explained how haphazard the intel units were under Bush and for the past few years they are working as a cohesive unit which brought about.... RESULTS.
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    • Author by as promised (May 05, 2011 11:19 am ET)
         
      Hannity: "It Is Very Obvious Now That Enhanced Interrogations ... Led To The Intelligence."

      No matter what his guests say, he shuts them up and makes his own pre-conceived proclamation... on any issue.

      MMFA spends far too much web-space on this idiotic uneducated fool.
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      • Author by WJ MacGuffin (May 05, 2011 2:07 pm ET)
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        Unfortunately, MMFA spends so much time on Hannity because he gets so much air time.
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    • Author by normalguy (May 05, 2011 1:17 pm ET)
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      Man, what a bunch of ignorant fools the Left have become. Nevermind that it has been PROVEN waterboarding helped us rid the world of a complete monster. Nope. Can't admit to the truth here, can we? Liberals have morphed into lilly liveried wimps. They think waterboarding is torture! Sawing an American's head off in front of a video camera is torture. Feeding child feet first into a wood-chipper is torture. Raping a wife in front of her husband is torture. Forcing someone's system to think it is drowning is NOT torture. In fact, I'd say NOT using waterboarding to save thousands of innocents from inhuman deaths would be torture. What kind of a person would not use a tool that could saves thousands of innocent lives? For what? To claim moral superiority? What a joke. In my book you are immoral if you DON'T use waterboarding.

      Oh yeah, what is the liberal thinking regarding OBL and his crew using their spouses as human shields? To me it proves just how immoral and cowardly these people are. You people do have a problem with this, right?
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      • Author by WJ MacGuffin (May 05, 2011 1:39 pm ET)
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        Waterboarding is torture. Try looking up those who've experienced it, especially Eric Muller (right-wing radio host). And yes, Navy SEALs do it as part of their training--so they can better withstand torture if captured.

        While I won't speak for all liberals, I believe OBL using human shields is the typical cowardly behavior of a terrorist.

        If it's been proven, post a link to the proof. I triple-dog dare you!
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        • Author by jaguarundi (May 07, 2011 9:17 am ET)
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          Crickets from normalguy

          You'll be waiting for a while since he can't prove that torture led to OBL and he can't prove that OBL used a woman as a shield. In fact, it's beginning to look like he DIDN'T use a woman to shield himself.

          Probably just another Jack Bauer RWA conservative chickenhawk wannabe hero.

          Are you sure his real screen name is missing the first name of "Abbie"?
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      • Author by kabniel (May 05, 2011 3:48 pm ET)
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        Moronguy

        What a bunch of soulless, LIARS and morons the right has become.

        Can we admit the truth here? ConservaTARDS have become a bunch of gutless cowards. They dont CARE if torture is effective, they dont CARE if its evil. It makes them feel better in their cowardly hearts.

        By the way Moronguy no such thing has been PROVEN it has been claimed. Those two things are not the same. GOD but you are stupid. Waterboarding IS torture this was never even disputed when we were putting Japanese officers in PRISON for doing it, when it was used during the Spanish inquisitions, only when gutless cowards like YOU needed to FEEL safer, not BE safer just FEEL better knowing someone was being tortured. You are officiallly so pathetic you have no humanity.

        I would say if killing cooking and eating one hundred babies saved thousands of lives then NOT killing cooking and eating babies would be torture. Why wouldnt you kill, cook and eat those babies, from some sense of moral superiority? My GOD but you are stupid.

        It is what I would expect from cowards like them and frankly like you. The only difference between a soulless, cretin without even a concept of decency and integrity like YOU and Ben Laden is that YOU are too much of a gutless coward to cause the suffering and death you crave in your heart.

        No I have no problem with that. I just think you are just like that yourself
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        • Author by normalguy (May 06, 2011 12:56 am ET)
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          How many times have you poked yourself in the eye with a kitchen utensil kabniel? Be honest.
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          • Author by kabniel (May 06, 2011 1:11 am ET)
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            Moronguy

            Never how many times have you had someone remind you to breathe. I am shocked you can feed yourself as pathetically stupid as you are.
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            • Author by normalguy (May 06, 2011 1:20 am ET)
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              Very weak kabniel. My zinger was MUCH better than yours. Keep trying though. It's fun to read your comments. Reminds me of my good ole days in grade school.
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              • Author by kabniel (May 06, 2011 1:42 am ET)
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                Moronguy

                You define weak. You drop by tell lies, spew the stupid you were brainwashed with and think you are clever. Let me clue you in. You are not clever. You are stupid. You are pathetic. If you went to grade school at all and are not seven then you are simply retarded. You call that pitiful snippet a zinger? I was embarassed for you. Will you ever stop humiliating yourself? By the way patting yourself on the back and PRETENDING you are clever only makes you look more pathetic than you have already shown yourself to be. Now THAT is a bit of a feat.
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      • Author by pearlene_scott1602 (May 05, 2011 4:03 pm ET)
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        Nevermind that it has been PROVEN waterboarding helped us rid the world of a complete monster.

        PROVEN? WHEN and BUY WHOM?....YOU?

        Well I'll take THIS guys word over any coming from the loony right!

        Today, Glenn Carle — who served 23 years in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations and for a time led the interrogation of a high value detainee — told ThinkProgress that if it the answer is yes, the right-wing will use that and say, “See torture works.” While Carle said it’s possible that EITs might provide information, that doesn’t mean they should ever be used:

        CARLE: Well I change the tense and say not that they will use that but that they are using that within I think four hours of the announcement that bin Laden’s death.

        Ultimately you get to an ends means debate. … The ends does not justify the means and you don’t build a policy, in this instance with regard to acceptable legal procedures, based upon the hypothetical, theoretical case which is five or ten standard deviations from the norm which happens one time in 5 million. What you do is you base your policies on an ever-changing calculus of probability likelihood and what is considered liked and works. And the answer to all of those questions should quite clearly exclude EITs. Is it possible that a specific piece of information from time to time would come from EITs? The answer is yes. To be fair the answer is yes. Does it justify using them? A categorical flat no.

        Carle also said that during his time at CIA, “almost all the information obtained from EITs was recalled…because it was viewed as unreliable.”
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      • Author by mikehuck76 (May 05, 2011 4:36 pm ET)
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        Sawing a head off is torture? How stupid can you get? I think that is murder. I am pretty sure the guy is dead after you saw his head off. Are you really this disconnected from reality?

        To claim moral superiority? - abnormal

        God forbid we live our lives as moral beings. Amoral beings are inhuman, genius.

        "What a joke. In my book you are immoral if you DON'T use waterboarding." - abnormal

        Wow. Once again, how sheltered a life must you have lived to actually write such nonsense?

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        • Author by normalguy (May 06, 2011 1:05 am ET)
             
          Heh heh heh. You sure got me mike, with your catch on semantics. Great work. And the play on my screen name by all you leftists is also sooooo clever!

          PS, Six CIA executives have now confirmed WB assisted in finding OBL. Not that facts would ever matter to the far left. Nah, emotions is what counts! (And semantics for mikey.)
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          • Author by kabniel (May 06, 2011 1:15 am ET)
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            Moronguy

            That is disputed. You are too stupid to even know what a fact is. For instance a CLAIM is not a fact. Morality, honor, integrity. These things count. As I said earlier. Pathetic brainwashed morons like you demand the US is SEEN and TREATED as the most honorable of countries at the same time, because of your cowardice, you throw fits that we act dishonorably. If you only do what is right when it is easy, if you only have morals and values when they cost nothing. You dont have them at all. I am sure between your vast stupidity and your total lack of honor, decency and integrity you will not understand this. Lets be honest you never understood those Dick and Jane books did you?
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          • Author by mikehuck76 (May 07, 2011 11:42 am ET)
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            We understand how emotional you modern day right-wingers are. You have a hard time controlling your emotions and you are always very sensitive and close to tears. I have some sympathy for you. But, that does not change the fact that you have still done ZERO to prove that torture is acceptable or necessary. You also still do not seem to even understand the difference between torture and murder. Have you ever engaged in an adult debate?
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      • Author by Old_Benjamin (May 05, 2011 4:58 pm ET)
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        They think waterboarding is torture!


        Hey POS - you do realize people were tried after WWII for waterboarding americans, right?

        Oh yeah, what is the liberal thinking regarding OBL and his crew using their spouses as human shields?


        Again with the 'effin' lies!
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        • Author by normalguy (May 06, 2011 1:08 am ET)
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          POS? Now now OB, let's keep it clean. If you can.
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          • Author by kabniel (May 06, 2011 1:17 am ET)
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            Moronguy.

            You have no moral authority. You have no high horse. You have no decency, no integrity, no humanity and frankly no soul
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          • Author by Old_Benjamin (May 06, 2011 11:10 am ET)
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            POS? Now now OB, let's keep it clean. If you can.


            I see - you are worried about profanity from me - but not the outrageous lies you posted? Lying POS a-hole is more accurate for you.
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          • Author by mikehuck76 (May 07, 2011 11:46 am ET)
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            Nice attempt to deflect, normalguy. But, I hope you understand that to rational adults you just made a tacit admission that you are a liar (about the human shields) and that you have no understanding of basic world history (waterboarding is torture). Very sad. You deserve more sympathy than scorn. Try to get your emotions under control long enough to read a history book or two. All that Fox and hate radio is destroying your ability to think.
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      • Author by jonimacaroni1 (May 05, 2011 7:53 pm ET)
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        We got info from detainees. We may have gotten a tiny portion of the necessary info to solve the puzzle about where Osama bin Laden was after a detainee was tortured.

        That doesn't mean that torture was necessary. In fact, normal interrogation techniques are proven to be better at gathering info than torture is. Unless it's proven that we could have only gotten that info via torture (and that can never be proven), it can't ever be "proven" that waterboarding (torture) was necessary to get rid of Osama.
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      • Author by Unreality (May 06, 2011 3:00 am ET)
           
        ____ guy

        Why are the Israelis so stupid? They don't use water boarding.
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    • Author by politeradical (May 06, 2011 6:18 pm ET)
         
      Hannity has been especially egregious, parroting this garbage every chance he gets.

      He portrays any speculation that fits his narrative as gospel truth.

      The original info came from a Gitmo detainee, some prisoners were tortured at Gitmo, the right wing supports torture, therefore the info MUST have come about from torture according to Sean's feeble minded attempt at logic.
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