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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-22-09 07:22 PM
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National intelligence director in a private memo: torture yielded "high value information."
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Edited on Wed Apr-22-09 07:23 PM by Occam Bandage


WASHINGTON President Obamas national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.

High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qaida organization that was attacking this country, Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.

Admiral Blair sent his memo on the same day the administration publicly released secret Bush administration legal memos authorizing the use of interrogation methods that the Obama White House has deemed to be illegal torture. Among other things, the Bush administration memos revealed that two captured Qaeda operatives were subjected to a form of near-drowning known as waterboarding a total of 266 times.

Admiral Blairs assessment that the interrogation methods did produce important information was deleted from a condensed version of his memo released to the media last Thursday. Also deleted was a line in which he empathized with his predecessors who originally approved some of the harsh tactics after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

More at link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/us/politics/22blair.h...


So it seems we're learning more about the torture battle within the Obama administration: who's for it, and who's against it. The fact that our current intelligence director is pro-torture casts a rather dark shadow over any hopes for a quick and clean investigation. I am deeply disturbed at the inhumane and counterfactual nature of Mr. Blair's comments.
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