The reaction to the intelligence committee of the Senate release of a the report on the interrogation methods used at Gitmo is starting to seep through the filters of the media. Most of the reactions by those actually involved are similar, which is anger and betrayal.
Feinstein, and the rest that were so bold to release the report are using the false premise it's not what the United States stands for and the exposure was necessary. Their "righteous indignation" is only a ruse to distract from the facts revealed by Gruber and a punitive action by Feintstein, who thought she could put the intelligence agencies in place by exposing classified information.
They've tread where only fools go. Their actions will lead to death, violent demonstrations, and a mistrust of those trusted to protect the United States. Not only have they betrayed their office, they betrayed innocent people, that will be the focus of retribution.
Feinstein is done. So are the other members of the committee that abused their trust. When the protection their power allowed is gone, they will not only be the focus of attention by those that work in intelligence, they will be targets of those that want the information they've acquired. They'll spend the rest of their lives looking over their shoulders, and they deserve the uneasy life. As my grandmother use to say " They burned their butts; now they can sit on the blisters."
What will be the outcome? An unwillingness to share information with Congress, more brutal field methods of interrogation, and a realization Congress can't be trusted. Maybe that's best. War is a brutal business and the fast methods of fighting the enemy may allow the shortest outcome. We saw the incompetent reactions during the Vietnam war. Our enemy was defeated, and Congress snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. If they are willing to weaken the United States to promote their party's agenda, they don't need to be involved with the protection of the citizens they swore to protect.
In Case You've Wondered
My blog is where my wandering thoughts are interspersed with stuff I made up. So, if while reading you find yourself confused about the context, don't feel alone. I get confused, too.
If you're here for the stories, I started another blog: scratchingforchange.blogspot.com
One other thing: sometimes I write words you refuse to use in front of children, or polite company, unless you have a flat tire, or hit your thumb with a hammer.
I don't use them to offend; I use them to embellish.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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I rather like your grandmother's line about butts and blisters, mind if I steal it?ReplyDelete
It's not stealing, if I give it away. Use it where necessary.Delete
I HIGHLY recommend the movie "Unthinkable" for anyone wondering how far...and for what reason, one would go about *EIT*. Sony sent the movie straight to video because they were *uncomfortable* with the intensity of the movie and the subject matter. Great cast (Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie Anne Moss), It is currently free on Crackle, although they do not show the extended version (which I think is better than the version showing on Crackle).ReplyDelete
The movie IS intense, uncomfortable and raises a lot of ethical/moral questions.
I read the Wikipedia article. It's disturbing to read, and I won't watch it, since it's as uncomfortable as the movie "Seven".Delete
The biggest question is always what is least harmful to a healthy society. The gray areas of severe interrogation methods always leads to questions of moral duties and honor.
There is no right answer, but it always seems that war involves way too many that operate from the fringes, become rich from the event, and their sociopathic personalities allow them to sleep at night. They should never have a moment of peace; and if there is any real justice, they would pay with their lives.