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  •  from what i've seen (9+ / 0-)

    the cia has been distancing itself from the narrative that torture works. as far as i can tell, this one is on the filmmakers alone. for which they are being rewarded and awarded...

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:31:23 AM PST

    •  it goes against their previous narrative (5+ / 0-)

      WWII British and American intelligence experts reported the German practice of torture was ineffective and produced faulty data.  Instead, when a high ranking German was captured, they put him up in the best digs with cigars and wine and complimented him on the genius of the German war machine.  Nauseating but the Germans could not resist falling all over themselves in pointing out deficiencies of Allied forces and superiority of German military.  The agents sat in apparent rapt attention as the generals divulged secret after secret as they considered the Allied agents as comrades and had open contempt for the German civilian command and esp. "Corporal" Hitler.  They viewed their allied counterparts as colleagues  in a fraternity and could not be shut up bragging about their brilliant exploits.
      Now consider what torture would have wrung from those stiff necked Prussians.   They expected torture, trained to be tortured and were completely thrown off their game by kindness    

    •  The CIA is not, (2+ / 0-)
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      Chacounne, JesseCW

      and never will, distance itself from 'covering it's ass'.  One might get the impression that this type of CYA is more important to them than anything so mundane as doing their job.

      190 milliseconds....

      by Kingsmeg on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:24:22 AM PST

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