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If You Can’t Be Complicit in a System of Torture and be Promoted in the next Administration, then Really, What’s the Use?

Oh, the poor, poor dears:

Mark M. Lowenthal, an intelligence veteran who left a senior post at the C.I.A. in 2005, said Mr. Obama’s decision to exclude Mr. Brennan from contention for the top job had sent a message that “if you worked in the C.I.A. [advocated for policies of waterboarding, rendition and unconstitutional surveillance] during the war on terror, you are now tainted,” and had created anxiety in the ranks of the agency’s clandestine service.

One of the first issues Mr. Obama must grapple with is the future of C.I.A. detention: will the agency continue to hold prisoners secretly, question them using more aggressive methods than allowed for military interrogators [torture], and transfer terrorism suspects to countries with a history of using torture?

Oh dear. CIA officers either participated in or (like John Brennan) advocated torturing detainees, and violating their habeas corpus rights, and unleashing warrantless surveillance that violated both law and the constitution, and now they’re anxious that they can’t get cabinet positions. Oh dear, oh dear. Isn’t life just unfair?

3 comments to If You Can’t Be Complicit in a System of Torture and be Promoted in the next Administration, then Really, What’s the Use?

  • tom

    Yeah, especially when Bush, Cheney, Rove, Yu, Ashcroft, and all the other neo-cons AND CONGRESS is getting away with this shit! Damn straight – “Where’s my illegal war/torture payoff?” is a proper question to ask! i mean, why should all the “bosses” walk away scott-free and far richer when the “little people” can’t even keep their jobs or get promoted DUE TO FOLLOWING THEIR ORDERS!? i’m sure these same “ethical” questions were asked during the Nuremberg trials of the Nazis.

    Life is indeed unfair (just ask the victims of all the horrible American government foreign and domestic policy who are still alive). It’s unfair to allow the neocons, their “think tanks” and policy makers, and the rubber stamp Congress of the past two terms to get away with the trashing of the U.S. and the world without the least bit of recrimination, comment, impeachment or jail time.

    Government doesn’t seem to work since the people in charge can make the most egregious “mistakes” and completely break their vow of office and there is no recourse fot the people who are left to both “feel the pain” (job and home losses for example or death and mental/physical scarring in terms of the troops and victims) while BAILING OUT the elite! The entire system is a sham. The Constitution is ignored or distorted beyond recognition, the “elected” officials foment murder and economic collapse, and we the people are ROBBED and ABUSED, our rights trampled and our retirement evaporated in Wall Street/mortgage-lending Ponzi schemes WITH THE APPROVAL OF CONGRESS, THE ACTIONS OF THE FED AND THE INACTION OF THE WHITE HOUSE!

  • Jim

    You are rightly outraged, Tom. And something must be done, as you often say.

    So then can I expect to see you on January 20, 2009 in Washington DC on Inauguration Day, holding a sign reminding the new President Barack Obama to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States?

    Looks like I’ll get a permit for Pennsylvania Avenue and everything. It looks like I’ll even have a spot guaranteed. Tentatively and pending Secret Service whatever, the Park Service has agreed to a spot outside the Department of Justice, across from the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building. It’s all lined up. Will you be there?

  • Junga

    John Brennan is a complaining brat. He’s happy to have other people tortured and spied upon, but then when he doesn’t get elite privileges, and people actually expect him to be held accountable to the law, he says it’s unfair.

    John Brennan is proving through his actions right now that he’s unfit to head the CIA.

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