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Subject to Perception

June 18, 2008

SAME SHIT, different day:

Torture “is basically subject to perception,” CIA counterterrorism lawyer Jonathan Fredman told a group of military and intelligence officials gathered at the U.S.-run detention camp in Cuba on Oct. 2, 2002, according to minutes of the meeting. “If the detainee dies, you’re doing it wrong.”
[Washington Post: CIA Played Larger Role In Advising Pentagon]

In before—

LOL Torture

—No, wait. Paolaccio was in before all.

Whose perception are we talking about here?

If I were to hazard a guess, I’d say, “if the detainee dies, you’re doing it wrong,” pertains to the perception of the folks back home. That is, if the detainee dies, the public might perceive that he had been tortured. Of course, if the detainee lives, the pundits can argue he wasn’t.

[Via: IOZ]

  1. June 19, 2008 5:18 PM

    “Some of the most irresponsible and shortsighted legal analysis ever provided.”

    Irresponsible, yes. Shortsighted? They did have thirty years’ practice, I guess.

  2. June 20, 2008 9:05 PM

    the term “legal” “analysis,” may be slightly generous, but yeah.

  3. June 21, 2008 10:43 AM

    Morality reduced to “thou shalt not kill” — the ideology of greed, with one remaining safeguard to disguise it as something besides complete selfishness. All these years of criticizing cultural relativism, with a hidden agenda of hollowing out traditional values and morality so that it can be continue being used as a fig leaf for the continued feeding at the trough of the wealthy and powerful.

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