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Cheney still pathetic

Posted: September 13, 2009 9:50 p.m.
Updated: September 14, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Is there a more pathetic figure in American public life that Dick Cheney?

He wants to politicize the torture debate - to transform a profound debate about our country's values into just another everyday Republican/Democratic partisan squabble that makes people throw up their hands and despair of knowing "the truth."

The CIA recently released two documents Cheney had been huffing and puffing about for months, insisting that they would once and for all definitively prove that torture had, as he put it, "prevented the violent death of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent people."

The reports included no such proof - just a lot of language from the CIA vaguely describing intelligence findings gained from the overall interrogation of "high value detainees," generally speaking.

There was no evidence that a single American life was saved, or of any valuable intelligence that couldn't have been gathered using traditional methods.

In fact, after all these years, and despite a slew of selective leaks while Cheney was still in power, there remains not one iota of proof that torture accomplished much of anything - not that it would be OK if it had.

I was ambivalent about investigating and prosecuting the people responsible for this travesty, but recently John Dean made a point about a foreign government going after them.

I think it is time for law-abiding critical thinkers in the United States to stand up and demand the truth and penalties to be paid for breaking a law that Reagan signed - unless you think Reagan was wrong, misinformed or out of touch.


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