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Friday, April 24, 2009

These Aren't the War Crimes You're Looking For

The dark side of the force is not strong with this one. Even Norah O'Donnell, who used to treat all war protesters as anti-American, isn't buying it. Notice, though, that this younger Cheney, Liz, acts as if it's her show in several ways, mostly by talking over O'Donnell. Watch, if you dare:

It's infuriating, isn't it? Liz Cheney lying about torture - about war crimes? Luckily, there's a cure. Check out emptywheel's post on this encounter. She summarizes and, uh, translates it. A sample:

Norah: Was your Daddy the "prime mover" of this process?

MiniCheney: I won't answer the question. Instead let's talk about why Eric Holder didn't read the "Effectiveness Memo" created as a prop for the Bradbury torture memos to refute the IG Report's conclusion that the torture program wasn't effective.

Norah: We''ll get to whether torture justifies the ends in this program.

MiniCheney: Norah, just because everyone knows this is torture doesn't make it so. We have a SERE program so people are exposed to how false confessions are created. And we took that SERE program and exceeded the guidelines on the SERE program. But that's not torture at all, not at all. In fact, it's a very effective means to generate false confessions.

Awesome. Incidentally, there's a fundraiser for emptywheel/Marcy Wheeler, who always does excellent work but has been on quite a tear recently. She's the one who first noticed that Khalid Sheik Mohammed had been waterboarded 183 times in one month. What the Bush administration tries to hide, the human rights bloggers and journalists shall uncover, with relentless digging, keen analysis - and the occasional Jedi mind trick.

Say it with us, Liz Cheney. "Like the dread lord my father, I want all the memos released. I want a full investigation. We need a special prosecutor, an excellent one, someone like Patrick Fitzgerald. It's the only way we'll be vindicated. It's the only way to be sure."

(Cross-posted at Blue Herald)

1 comment:

Rebekka Pierre said...

Sounds like Liz takes after her father.. she probably thinks "going as far" as organ failure is too good for those detainees.