Thursday, April 23, 2009

Torture As Debating Point

This headline in the New York Times sent a chill up my back : At Core of Detainee Fight: Did Methods Stop Attacks? If the answer is yes, then torture is justified? They might as well have just written "The Ends do Justify the Means", and be done with it.

The article itself is just further evidence that the he said/he said equivalence of the Bush era in the MSM is alive and well at the Times:
For both sides, the political stakes are high, as proposals for a national commission to unravel the interrogation story appear to be gaining momentum. Mr. Obama and his allies need to discredit the techniques he has banned. Otherwise, in the event of a future terrorist attack, critics may blame his decision to rein in C.I.A. interrogators.
The Obamaites have to discredit torture? Really? I guess I shouldn't be amazed by this, but I am. America's paper of record is openly calling on the President to prove that torture is ineffective, rather than condemning the practice as a wrong in and of itself. If anyone needs proof that America is fracked, you need look no further than this article.
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