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  •  But can't comment (4+ / 0-)

    whether waterboarding is torture because he's "not a lawyer." You are aware that he withdrew himself from consideration in 2009 because of his possible involvement in ordering waterboarding that has never been fully invesitgated.


    "Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves" Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013
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    by TheMomCat on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 01:44:58 PM PST

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    •  He's not for waterboarding, that's what matters (0+ / 0-)
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        Mr. BRENNAN: Well, the CIA has acknowledged that it has detained about 100 terrorists since 9/11, and about a third of them have been subjected to what the CIA refers to as enhanced interrogation tactics, and only a small proportion of those have in fact been subjected to the most serious types of enhanced procedures.

        SMITH: Right. And you say some of this has born fruit.

        Mr. BRENNAN: There have been a lot of information that has come out from these interrogation procedures that the agency has in fact used against the real hard-core terrorists. It has saved lives. And let’s not forget, these are hardened terrorists who have been responsible for 9/11, who have shown no remorse at all for the deaths of 3,000 innocents.

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        by 420 forever on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 01:53:11 PM PST

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        •  It's more like a Venn diagram (0+ / 0-)

          not all forms of torture imaginable were "enhanced interrogation," and not all "enhanced interrogation" is torture.  

          From the same link, "Brennan did say that one particular technique, waterboarding, "is certainly subjecting an individual to severe pain and suffering, which is the classic definition of torture. And I believe, quite frankly, it's inconsistent with American values and it's something that should be prohibited."

          It's not clear whether he's claiming waterboarding (or other things that would qualify as torture) produced useful information, but he's also saying it wouldn't matter.

          Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

          by Loge on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 02:30:49 PM PST

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      •  How do you know (1+ / 0-)
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        he didn't approve it? That is a war crime. There are no statute of limitation on war crimes.


        "Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves" Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013
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        by TheMomCat on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 02:45:35 PM PST

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