Ok – I’ll delve because this administration is ticking me off.
Five years ago the CIA interrogation stuff was investigated. Repercussions ensued. Congress was asked for guidance. Congress said to follow the geneva conventions on these nonsignatory detainees. Ok said George. Should we go back and investigate further. No. Let’s look forward.
So because Health Care reform is dominating the news, we now have a new look backward. “Don’t forget everybody. Bush is the devil! See what he’s done!.” The NYTimes makes clear who they’re after.
As long as all this stuff is out in our papers and photographs of secret agents are being given to members of al-Qaeda, I’m going to suggest that instead of spending time on Health Care reform, that this Congress sit down and list exactly what is allowed and not allowed on differing levels of prisoners of war. Specifically.
Sure, “an elite interrogation unit” is now in charge of interrogations, but they’ll need to know specifics too. Can prisoners be “taunted repeatedly”? Can a woman enter the room? Can they be denied their holy book, whatever that may be? On higher level prisoners who most definitely have information – what exactly can be used to extract it? Reverse psychology? More severe taunting?
If we are going to choose to not have any sort of enhanced interrogation then that’s the decision that we get to live by. I don’t have a strong opinion about what works versus what doesn’t work, but then again I live safely in the middle of the country in a smallish town and probably will never be targeted. We need to make decisions and abide by them. And preferably not share them in the newspapers with the rest of the world.
And in the meantime you don’t get to change the rules of the past.
If you could actually get Congress to make this enumerated list, what happens 15 years from now when loud music is suddenly deemed torture? Do we go back and investigate? I don’t think so. So what the hell are we doing now?
Ignatius is probably right. The CIA is happy to be done with it all. I certainly would be. And just like in any large corporation with a culture of paranoia based on real incidences within, the CIA and now the FBI will become less and less willing to make actual decisions.
Dr. Zero of Hot Air share his anger in a good post on this here.
I feel for the sheepdogs in this world as they try to maneuver around us. We’ve apparently determined that while biting used to be ok, it isn’t anymore, so we’ll have to put you on trial. Or rather we’ve determined that since biting was sort of ok in the past but there were those who bit hard in the neck and were previously punished for doing so, we need to bring it up again in a public way to make certain that we’ve purged ourselves of your violent ways completely.