Musings —12.10.2014 09:05 AM—
From the New York Times lead editorial this morning:
The world has long known that the United States government illegally detained and tortured prisoners after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and lied about it to Congress and the world. But the summary of a report released Tuesday of the Senate investigation of these operations, even after being sanitized by the Central Intelligence Agency itself, is a portrait of depravity that is hard to comprehend and even harder to stomach.
Largely left unaddressed in the news coverage, this morning, is this question: were the so-called “black sites” – about which George W. Bush refused to be briefed, and on which the Canadian government remains reliant – the places where ISIS/ISIL was created? Did they give rise to the very thing they purportedly were seeking to prevent?
Like New York Democrat Jerrold said: “Torture fails to make us safe. But it certainly makes us less free.”