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  •  I'm more offended by this than the drones. (10+ / 0-)

    I realize the drones is an on-going thing.  But I'm not convinced that the torture regime has totally stopped, nor that if it is stopped or slowed, that the wires have been pulled out to prevent its resumption as soon as we have a new torturer-in-chief.

    The fact that old torturing war criminals like Brennan are still in the government, even under a Democrat, and that even now he shows no willingness to address the dishonor and criminality of the government's actions tells me that nothing has been learned from any of this.

    And Zero Dark Thirty just cements it.  The conventional wisdom is that torture is just one of those ugly things that the government has to do sometimes to fight bad people, although nice people disapprove it deep down.  Just not enough to take responsibility for it and stop it.

    •  I have a different reading of ZDT than most. (0+ / 0-)

      I think it is sort of an indictment of what blind careerism does to a person.  It struck me as an implicit criticism of the Silence of the Lambs, if that itself was not a warning about the same thing.

      "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

      by Publius2008 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 03:49:28 PM PST

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