Stop A Cruel Fool

I think careful discretion is needed if publishing photos of torture. Each pic will inflame, and recruit.

I think Congress should should immediately censure Cheney’s road show too. For him, defending torture increases his profile. For each new victim too.

Time Magazine:

For a man whose public profile was almost nonexistent while he was a public servant, it’s clear from his schedule alone that private citizen Cheney hasn’t merely resurfaced — he’s gone on the offensive.

Greg Sargent points to testimony that Cheney is not telling the truth:

A top FBI interrogator who witnessed CIA enhanced interrogations firsthand will offer a detailed explanation at a Senate hearing today of the ways the techniques were ineffective and even counterproductive — and will directly contradict claims that they extracted high-value information…

“The new techniques did not produce results…”

Dana Blankenhorn explores the logic of torture:

What kind of country are we?

It seems simple enough but it’s a question that has bedevilled us since the founding of the Republic.

Are we strong because we’re good or good because we’re strong? Each generation has had to face that question, and the answers have varied.