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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-09-08 09:08 PM
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26. My impression of the bungling goes something like this
Edited on Sat Feb-09-08 09:15 PM by L. Coyote
First, they torture in violation of Geneva Conventions, and they are having fun torturing. They make beautiful digital pictures and videos of torturing "terrorists" and everyone is having a great time of it. Then the Abu Graib images hit the news and the cleanup and cover up started. All the fun was suddenly war crimes. That is the context of the initial bungle.

Thereafter, as part of the cover-up, Bush went into denial mode, chanting, "We do not torture" to himself mostly--everyone else knew what the pictures said. Then his lie was revealed too, with admissions of waterboarding "terrorists" by CIA officials. So denial mode proved to be a bungled initial cover-up.

So, then it became imperative to PR the situation. What was needed was a distinction between admissions and crimes, of course. Thereafter, waterboarding was no longer torture because Bush said so, of course, and he had, after all, authorized it after his subordinate said it was legal so now is was legal then even if it wasn't legal now for reasons unknown. This was the last bungled cover-up, one lasting oh, over 24 hours!

DCIA Hayden said, two days ago, that waterboarding could be criminal, and CIA hasn't been doing these crimes for five years now. He didn't speak for the military, of course! So, Was Hayden saying "Bush is a criminal," or Did Bush waved his wand and made waterboarding legal before and torture again (or torture criminal again), these are questions the PR doesn't want you to ask.

The would-be PR benefits are:

You might forget any pictures you have seen or the relationship of those pictures to the CIA tapes.

You might focus on the wrong aspects of the crimes, and not see five years of continuous torturing of detainees.

There is a really long list of stuff to distract from, but I've ranted on too long ....
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