It seems clear that:
- Some CIA employees tortured people
- It was a terrible method of getting useful intel
- Some psychologists made a shitload of money
- The program was largely kept secret from oversight
I mean, this isn’t new information really. The specific report is new, and it’s damning to see the CIA’s own conclusions in black-and-white. I like to hope most CIA employees are horrified by this report, and do not condone torture. I imagine most CIA employees have good intentions. But damn. It’s not just the torture, but the coverup.
And I mean. I’m a liberal, I voted for Obama. Shocker I know. But he seems intent to “look forward, not backwards” on this. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable when I say I want to see some prosecutions for this.
One of my senators, John Cornyn, is busy arguing that torture saved lives. I don’t know what to say. As far as I can tell elected Republicans are OK with literally any policy, no matter how brutal or unscientific or unethical, if it will secure them votes. I know, I know–Republican officeholders often seem to treat “getting elected” as the end goal in and of itself, instead of “governing well”–but what the hell, guys?
This isn’t about protecting the CIA, or protecting people who made bad choices after 9/11. This is about appeasing the “any means necessary” voters who don’t have the slightest fucking clue what US national security policies should be other than, apparently, as brutal as possible. Regardless of whether it’s actually good for American citizens, or the US government, or citizens of the rest of the world.
This torture defense is about satisfying the desire for revenge in some sick, sick people. Some of whom are voters. Some of whom held high office. Some of whom may currently be holding high office now.