Monthly Archives: December 2014

Excellent OpEd – An Unwelcome Christmas Gift

The Methow Valley News Online has an excellent OpEd piece titled “An Unwelcome Christmas Gift” which echoes the thoughts of the original Anthony D. Romero piece.  It features some history on Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and how, despite the automatic assumptions associated with being a Democrat (for example, she supported many Republican-backed efforts like the Patriot Act), she was uniquely positioned to push for the report to be shared with the world.

The OpEd’s piece has many choice statements, but the one on accountability hits hardest:

It’s a sign of the profoundly delusional CIA culture that some former CIA officials have the gall to publicly argue that the torture, though bought and paid for by the CIA with taxpayers’ money, took place “outside” CIA purview. This is the defense of those bereft of the most rudimentary concept of accountability.

Which is exactly why the report needed to be published.

The Story

The genesis for this web site can be traced to two stories that caught my eye on the same day:

The LA Times story on Dick Cheney: “Cheney on CIA interrogations: ‘I’d do it again in a minute’.  The quote doesn’t sound any better in context, either, and was said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.  There is no chance his words or intent could be misconstrued.

The second was reading a New York Times article by Anthony D. Romero titled “Pardon Bush and Those Who Tortured” where the author wraps up his argument succinctly:

“Pardons would make clear that crimes were committed; that the individuals who authorized and committed torture were indeed criminals; and that future architects and perpetrators of torture should beware.”

The Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program leaves very little to doubt or interpretation – about both the horror and the ineffectiveness of the program.  Senator John McCain (R-AZ) summed it up well:

“What has been revealed today is nothing less than a terrible stain upon the honor and dignity of our country and no right thinking person should either condone or defend it.”

To quote Bill Clinton:

“There is nothing wrong in America that can’t be fixed with what is right in America.”

Let’s start here –