"The report is expected to be harshly critical of the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques used inside of the agencies secret prisons...report will detail how agents used mock executions in their interrogations...one prisoner was allegedly threatened with a gun and a power drill."Any simpleton can read the US Law on torture [ 18 U.S.C. § 2340 et seq. ] and see that torture is clearly defined as "threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering" or "the threat of imminent death." There is no gray area here - unless one's organization is committed to propaganda - it is not "harsh interrogation" or the disgusting "enhanced interrogation" that Schaper calls it. It's friggin' TORTURE.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Enhanced Absurdity from NPR
NPR's refusal to call torture torture when committed by the US or its agents leads to some unbelievably stupid statements. On the hourly news bulletins this morning the aptly named David Schaper states the following regarding the forthcoming report on CIA torture (forced out by a FOIA from the ACLU - not NPR):