Friday, April 24, 2009

News Talk Online April 23, 2009: New Information On Bush Interrogations

Congressman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) says in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal that Congress knew about them.

He notes that former CIA Director George Tenet believes lives were saved because of the interrogation techniques.

Attorney General Eric Holder, in testimony today before the House Appropriations Committee which was carried LIVE here on News Talk Online on said CIA operatives and agents that participated in the interrogations will not be prosecuted. A decision has not yet been made about those who authorized them, however.

He says, moving forward, government representatives engaged in questioning suspected terrorists will be given clear guidelines on what is, and what is not, acceptable. And said those who operate outside the guidelines will do so at their own legal peril.

He sidestepped questions about unreleased memos that a purported to support Tenet's assessment that the Bush interrogation tactics worked.

Given Hoekstra's pronouncement in today's Wall Street Journal, the question I have is whether or not those who are protesting so loudly about the Bush tactics are doing so because of partisan political politics. And whether that chorus will now be somewhat muted.

1 comment:

DangerRus said...

The American Constitution and the values of Human Rights are not a partisan issue in my opinion. We need to look no further than the opening sentence of the American Constitution to see the basic tenets of American values. "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ....." No party can take ownership of this exclusively. Though what is justice. Many claim that the Constitution establishes justice alone for the American people. Can a nation be just if it is unjust towards others? I would say, no and would refer again to the forefathers who instilled a culture that would not violate the human rights of British soldiers at that time even though American men had basic rights violated. We must always be on guard to uphold our values and not give in to our fears to allow us to become that which we so despise. How can we as a Nation stand up and lead by example if our example is to violate the international conventions we have signed on to. How can we as a Nation look to another country and say not to torture if that is our modus operandi. So by our standards if the policy of torture is to stand unchecked would endorse the torture of Americans by other countries simply because that country felt it in their national interests. Which leads to the slippery slope. Our communities face far more serious threats from criminals on our streets than terrorists in our planes. One sixth of our women have been raped. Organized crime is flourishing. Should we not torture to reduce crime and are we not terrorized and living in fear. I say, no. Should we embark on the slippery slope of endorsing the use of torture by all nations? I say, no. Should we torture our citizens as we slide down the path of extreme measures to protect ourselves? I say, no. I say we must uphold our values and not those of our enemies who so strive to have us give them up.

Though this conversation has come up before in 1937.
"It has been recognized by government leaders at the highest levels that more rigorous interrogations are necessary and indispensable."
Meeting at the Reich Ministry of Justice on June 4, 1937