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Friday, December 12, 2014

Enhanced Interrogation Techniques is a euphemism for torture

I've tried to find an objective way of blogging about Enhanced Interrogation techniques (EIT) used by  the Central Intelligence Agency, to obtain intelligence after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, and afterwards.  

Finally, California Senator Diane Feinstein disclosed a report many didn't want released about how the Agency (CIA) used torture on 9-11 suspected terrorists. 

As a result, it's impossible to be objective, anymore. 

Quite frankly, the one name missing from the report, in my opinion, is the name of former Vice-President Richard Cheney. I honestly don't understand how this damaging report can be considered finished until Cheney is named and accused of ordering the use of the illegal torture, enhanced interrogation techniques.

At the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Americans were joined by allies from all over the world who were on our side to find and destroy those responsible for the terrorism.  Consequently, I've been reluctant to second guess how the investigation about the perpetrators of the attacks was handled because, obviously, ordinary people like me have no access to the information. It seems like the world was working towards a common goal to find, prosecute and penalize the September 11, 2001 terrorists led by Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

Now, we know that Vice President Cheney was complicit in allowing the men, suspected of knowing how Bin Laden operated, to be tortured to obtain information.

Whether it worked or not is irrelevant. Osama bin Laden is dead. Rather, instead of helping the US to find the root organizers of terrorism, the detainees who were subjected to torture have caused a boomerang effect, by inciting even more Al Qaeda and extremist related terrorism.

Of course, the CIA and former VP Cheney are pushing back vehemently on the Feinstein released torture report. Those involved in using torture EIT are justifiably fearful of facing international justice, like the War Trials at Nuremberg, following World War II.

In fact, the legacy of the United States using torture and EIT will follow Cheney and the CIA forever.  

Enhanced Interrogation Techniques are a euphemism for torture. Indeed, Feinstein's Senate report has ripped the scab off of the euphemisms about torture. In fact, torture is what it is and the US will be at risk for retribution for our actions in the foreseeable future, by all who were victimized by our actions.  

Moreover, our nation's humanitarian attempts to prevent human rights violations in other countries are now discredited.  

Someone with a name will eventually be held accountable for authorizing the use of torture against suspected terrorists, who were held without cause after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.
This person's name is Cheney, but he lives in Wyoming, far from the reach of retribution. Nevertheless,  innocent Americans may well be targeted in his place. 

Our national legacy is tarnished by these EIT actions.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, EIT are now part of the national lexicon . As a result, the concept of torture has become transformed into what might become a sometimes acceptable means of obtaining information. Well, I don't believe the terrorists of the world are intimidated one moment by EIT's and we're seeing their response regularly in brutal retaliations.  

As Senator John McCain would likely say, it's time for the US to take responsibility for the wrongdoing done by torture and to outlaw its use forevermore.  

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