Obama CIA chief excuses Bush-era torture

CIA director and Democratic appointee Leon Panetta, in an article published Sunday, said Democrats must recognize that the ?reality? of 9/11 is what drove the conduct of the George W. Bush administration in the months following September 11, 2001, which somehow should justify not looking into suspected crimes.

He added, in an apparent warning to the House Intelligence Committee, that ?focusing on the past? could hurt the CIA?s core mission amid a climate of recriminations over its practices.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Leon Panetta: that, sir, is one of the largest hunks of bovine excrement I have ever heard addressed to members of congress.

By institutionalizing torture, the US has, for all practical intents and purposes, withdrawn from every human rights treaty to which it has ever been a signatory.

US government and civilians can no longer talk about our value of human rights, human dignity, and democracy when we as a nation embrace the used of torture.

We have known from the time of the Inquisition that torture doesn't get truth out of those being tortured; it merely gets those being tortured to say anything the torturers want that person to say.

And Mr. Panetta, I would be almost willing to bet that you have no immediate, close family in the military, and here's why; If the US uses torture on prisoners of war, it gives the military of other countries absolute carte blanche to do the same to captured American military and civilian personnel.

Chew on that for a while.

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