Friday, May 22, 2009

Liz Cheney: I Think Your Question Is Highly Irresponsible.

Liz Cheney thinks there is no link between Abu Ghraib and the enhanced interrogation techniques which her father championed.

She then, disgracefully, presents Obama's way of thinking - which was endorsed by the American public at the last election - as, "sacrificing American lives because you are concerned about the rough treatment of terrorists."

And, as is pointed out to her here, Cheney is defending policies which even the Bush administration stepped away from and discontinued. So it's very hard to accept her premise that Cheney is speaking out because he is concerned with national security, indeed, it's quite blatant that he is speaking out to defend his own reputation and, hopefully, to steer clear of a criminal trial.

And, when it's pointed to her that more than a 100 people have died in US custody and that twenty of those were actually murdered, she suggests that the question is, "highly irresponsible". You see, it's "irresponsible" to see any link between a torture programme and the death of prisoners in custody as the US policy which her father employed was strict and legal and all above board.

She's perhaps forgetting that Jonathan Fredman, then the Counsel for CounterTerrorism Center at CIA, now working for the Director of National Intelligence, told some interrogators at Gitmo:

"It is basically subject to perception. If the detainee dies you're doing it wrong."
That system doesn't sound as strict as Cheney is implying. Indeed, it sounds like they were making it up as they went along.

She then laments the fact that future American presidents will not be able to use these techniques, something which any sane person will be delighted about. I'm sorry, but Liz Cheney is as much of an abomination as her father is.

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