Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Torturing the truth

Another left-wing factless fable, that the government was engaged in widespread torture, was laid to rest this week. That didn't stop our feckless U.S. Senator Dick Durbin from calling for an investigation anyway. (And he wonders why Illinois is passed over by the administration when considering big projects like the clean coal FutureGen project).

It was revealed in testimony that the U.S. only used "waterboarding" three times, in 2002, of these three guys.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri planned the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. Abu Zubaydah was the mastermind of the foiled millennium terrorist attacks, which had Los Angeles airport as one of its targets. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed directed the September 11 attacks, and has claimed to have personally beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl.

All three men were captured by the CIA in 2002 and waterboarded in the course of their interrogations. They are also the only U.S. detainees to have been waterboarded. That fact, publicly confirmed yesterday by CIA Director Michael Hayden, shreds whatever is left to the so-called torture narrative, according to which the Bush Administration has engaged in widespread, needless and systematic torture of detainees.
Notwithstanding the argument of whether waterboarding constitutes torture, the entire MSM torture narrative was largely untrue. Reminds me of the attack on former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft for snooping in library records. Turns out, the U.S. never used the power that exists under the Patriot Act.

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