If there is an unfair supposition at work here, there is a simple way to find out. Someone should ask McCain how long he’s willing to have us stay in Iraq even if we are sustaining casualties.” —Talking Points Memo | Hook, Line & Sinker
These officials did not have the time or the foresight to plan for the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq or the tenacity to complete the hunt for Osama bin Laden. But they managed to squeeze in dozens of meetings in the White House Situation Room to organize and give legal cover to prisoner abuse, including brutal methods that civilized nations consider to be torture.
Mr. Bush told ABC News this month that he knew of these meetings and approved of the result.” —The Torture Sessions - New York Times Editorial
“I don’t know if the government should do it or not,” Hudgens said. “But I can tell you firsthand, because it happened to me, it definitely works. They didn’t tell me it was going to happen, but if they did, holy cow, I would’ve told them whatever they wanted me to tell them.”
Alex adds: This, of course, is evidence that it *doesn’t* work, since “whatever they wanted me to tell them” is not the same as “the truth.” One of many objections to torture is that it produces unreliable intelligence.” —Team-Building or Torture? Court Will Decide.