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Friday, September 22, 2006

CIA interrogation techniques revealed

They were seeking Congressional authorization for seven discrete procedures, each more brutal than the last. The Guardian has a complete list. Be forewarned -- they're extremely graphic. The "attention grab," in particular, is the stuff of which nightmares are made of.
"The techniques sought by the CIA are: induced hypothermia; forcing suspects to stand for prolonged periods; sleep deprivation; a technique called "the attention grab" where a suspect's shirt is forcefully seized; the "attention slap" or open hand slapping that hurts but does not lead to physical damage; the "belly slap"; and sound and light manipulation."
These are the eeeevil "torture" techniques that John McCain, Andrew Sullivan, Ted Kennedy and the rest think is just too cruel to be used on terrorists who saw the heads off Americans and fly planes into our buildings.

McCain's on a moral outrage tour of New Hampshire in which he nobly asserts that belly-slapping Khaled Sheikh Mohammed would make us no better than the terrorists without ever actually explaining how and why. As you can see, the fix is in:
Senator John McCain, who is battling with the White House over the interrogation and trial of terrorism suspects, on Sunday flew to New Hampshire -- and right into a blistering editorial from the conservative Manchester Union-Leader that assailed him for standing up to President Bush on the issue.
No, they assailed him for being a sanctimonious jackass whose cavalier attitude towards the utility of these techniques is apt to get people killed. Read it for yourself.

He can afford to position himself this way since he's more socially conservative than Guiliani is; it's a sop to the party centrists.

Perhaps McCain can tell us what he thinks of this "torture":
"Several of those techniques chime with information gleaned about interrogation methods used against some serious terror suspects. The New York Times recently reported that Abu Zubaydah, the first al-Qaida member captured after the September 11 attacks, was kept in a freezing cell until he went blue, and later assailed with loud Red Hot Chili Peppers music."
The only way this could be better is if he had to watch a giant TV screen with "The Hebrew Hammer," in constant loop.

The people who think that using a "belly slap" or "sleep deprivation" is too extreme have skewed priorities. We're talking about getting information from terrorists that may prevent the next 9/11 using techniques that aren't any tougher than what our own troops endure in basic training or what a college football team goes through in the course of a season. Frankly, if these are the worst the terrorists are getting, then they're getting off way too light.


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