Friday, December 12, 2008

Pressure from a leading Democrat for Barack Obama to backpedal on torture

Hard as it is to believe, this is coming from President-elect Obama's own party.

Here's former CIA operative Ray McGovern:

You've got to hand it to them. Torture aficionados at the White House and CIA have conned key congressional leaders into insisting not only that torture-lite would be a swell idea, but advocating that the overseers of torture be kept on.

From change-you-can-believe-in, we seem to be slipping back to fear-you-can-trade-on.

Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has publicly warned those in charge of the administration transition that "continuity is going to be pivotal in keeping us safe and secure."

Thus, he argues, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and CIA Director Michael Hayden should stay in their posts.

If that were not enough, Reyes told Congress Daily's Chris Strohm that he [Reyes] had advised the Obama team that some parts of what Strohm referred to as "CIA's controversial alternative interrogation program" should be allowed to continue.

Using some of the same euphemisms and circumlocutions employed by the ersatz-lawyers hired by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, Reyes fired this shot across the bow of Barack Obama's transition ship:

"It gets back to a world that is very dangerous. … There are some options that need to be available. … We don't want to be known for torturing people. At the same time, we don't want to limit our ability to get information that's vital and critical to our national security. That's where the new administration is going to have to decide."

The politics of torture makes strange bedfellows, huh?


Zafo Jones said...

You'd think that at least one of these political notables has taken a course in leadership and learned about the fundamental principle of modeling the behavior you'd like followers to imitate.

Delaware Watch said...

That's the kind of crap that turns my stomach and makes me rue the day I ever started following national foreign policy closely. I'll be pissed as how if the Obama administration keeps the torturers on, employed doing their torture.

Delaware Watch said...

"...pissed as [hell]..." it should say