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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:38 AM

Brennan: Waterboarding saved lives

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Brennan, once stung by waterboarding, now opposes
By KIMBERLY DOZIER

Former and current U.S. intelligence officials who were part of those briefings say Brennan, then deputy executive director of the CIA's administrative arm, did not raise objections to the interrogation practices in those forums. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the top-secret meetings publicly.

In a 2006 interview with the PBS program "Frontline," Brennan said, "When it comes to individuals who are determined to destroy our nation, though, we have to make sure that we take every possible measure."

In a CBS News interview in 2007, Brennan acknowledged that the practices came close to torture, but he seemed to defend them. "There has 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," Brennan said. "It has saved lives."

But in his first year in the Obama White House, Brennan offered a different view.

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leveymg Feb 2013 #1
Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #2
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #3
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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:41 AM

1. It may have saved careers, but lives - that isn't clear, at all.

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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:45 AM

2. He is not fit to serve

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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:46 AM

3. Even if that is true, it is still wrong

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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:07 AM

4. That statement alone should keep him from being approved.

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:22 AM

5. Hundreds of thousands of dead people and he talks of "saving lives". nt

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:32 AM

6. Now we get to find out if DU is any better at object permanence

than actors in an Onion sketch.
http://sync.democraticunderground.com/10022306160

Is the Bush-Cheney Era Gestapo man still a Gestapo man? Or does the fact that he's standing now behind Obama somehow change what he is or make his love of torture go away?

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:40 AM

7. Anyone that can defend torture is a piece of shit.

I don't give a rat's ass if you later decide, once the cat is out of the bag and you fear possible repercussions or want another job, that torture is bad - you're still a piece of shit.

Everyone involved (to include enacting & enabling) in America's torture program should have been prosecuted. They certainly aren't fit to serve in government. And that includes those currently in government that enabled Bush in any way.



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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:59 AM

8. How many lives did it cost asshole?

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