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?