February 09, 2009

Change you can can’t believe in

I await the moment “progressives” and other assorted leftists (like our local gaggle of moonbat numbskulls) attempt to rationalize this:

[Leon] Panetta also says that rendition will continue under the Obama administration but that he will try to guarantee through the State Department that rendered individuals are not tortured by officials in other countries. During the Bush administration, however, many leading human rights organizations rejected the argument that diplomatic assurances could effectively protect rendered individuals from torture.

Panetta also stated during the hearing that he would ask President Obama to authorize CIA agents to utilize harsher interrogation methods than the Army Field Manual permits if necessary. (Source.)

I already posted about Obama continuing rendition; now, “harsher” methods of interrogation may be utilized if “necessary.” Pardon me, but isn’t this what the Bush administration did with captured al Qaeda bigwigs – use “harsher” methods because it was “necessary?” Leon Panetta also said he’d ask “President Obama to authorize CIA agents to utilize harsher interrogation methods than the Army Field Manual permits.” How about that! But a little known nugget about the Army Field Manual is that it allows some forms of [what some consider] torture! For instance, Appendix M of the manual, added in 2006

… allows the use of techniques such as prolonged isolation, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, and inducing fear and humiliation of prisoners.

The rewritten 2006 AFM also included other problematic changes - allowing U.S. interrogators to pretend to be from another country, or to pretend the prisoner is located in another country (including countries known for torture and abuse) …

Obama’s executive order doesn’t do a thing to “remedy” this loophole whatsoever. Perhaps he knew this when he issued his order. But it sure sounded good to the public – “We’re going to follow the Army Field Manual …!” – while in reality that manual allows interrogation tactics and treatment seen at the [infamous] Abu Ghraib prison.

Change Hypocrisy you can believe in.

Posted by Hube at February 9, 2009 05:20 PM | TrackBack

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"prolonged isolation, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, and inducing fear and humiliation of prisoners."

Sounds like a U of D frat party.

Ah, sweet memories.

Posted by: Shirley at February 9, 2009 06:06 PM

It's not like the MSM will pursue this, but here's some more insight on how Panetta may conduct business:
http://tiny.cc/ptrdJ

Posted by: Miscreant at February 9, 2009 08:22 PM

0os

http://002evolves.blogspot.com

Posted by: iarv at June 23, 2010 05:55 PM

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