Thursday, November 10, 2005

Still Digging for the Bottom

As Robert Fiske said, it is what we do:

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says he is more concerned about the leak of information regarding secret CIA detention centers than activity in the prisons themselves.

Frist told reporters Thursday that while he believed illegal activity should not take place at detention centers, he believes the leak itself poses a greater threat to national security and is "not concerned about what goes on" behind the prison walls.

"My concern is with leaks of information that jeopardize your safety and security -- period," Frist said. "That is a legitimate concern."
And just so we are clear:

Frist was asked if that meant he was not concerned about investigating what goes on in detention centers.

"I am not concerned about what goes on and I'm not going to comment about the nature of that," Frist replied.
So, WWJT (Who Would Jesus Torture?)

And apparently, Sen. Frist, that these prisons exist is, in fact, the problem:

"They lost my trust when they did that," says [Pennsylvania Representative Jon] Murtha [D], who sits on the panel that determines funding for the Pentagon and CIA. "By not telling us, they lied."

Murtha says that to win over public opinion in Iraq, the United States must dispel any notion it is engaging in torture. In his letter to House colleagues, he says the absence of a clear policy against torture "endangers U.S. servicemembers who might be captured."
Winning hearts and minds? Apparently still not as important as exercising raw power.

The only difference between men and boys is the destructive power of their toys.

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