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Monday, January 14, 2008

McConnell calls waterboarding torture - A vet offers an opinion


Mike McConnell, the director of National Intelligence breaks silence in an article to be punlished by The New Yorker Monday on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. In the preview published by WRJ - "Dancing Spychief Wants to Tap Into Cyberspace", McConnell is said to call waterboarding torture.

Below is a rather striking comment from Mr. S., who appears to have seen actual combat:

Ever been in combat? Utter loss of property and decimation, dead everywhere, half those left are insane, the others wish they were. A boobie trap blows the legs off a son on the way to school, and kills his two friends. A sister raped by men she didn’t even know, then her throat slit. And no one, absolutely no one, could care less.

Back in America, people who live in beautiful homes with college degrees and curse the traffic on the way home, argue the academics of whether it is fair to dunk someone’s head under the water to make them talk. Arrogant Ivory Tower academics who couldn’t care less about the suffering and dying anywhere, argue this because it makes them look good.

Why didn’t they get upset enough to stop the horrors elsewhere in the World? And long before the U.S. went into Iraq, which they opposed only because IT WASN”T ABOUT THEM. They pretend to be outraged by torture, which they don’t really know spit about beyond what they read in the stupid newspaper, ONLY because it is politically expedient.

Comment by s - January 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm
A CIA agent who supervised the waterboarding of al Qaeda bigshot Abu Zubaydah said the interrogation method broke him.
...And a short time afterwards in the next day or so, he told his interrogator that Allah had visited him in his cell during the night, and told him to cooperate because his cooperation would make it easier on the other brothers, who had been captured. And from that day on, he answered every question, just like I'm sitting here speaking to you.
I suppose, here is what the future National Intelligence interrogation would look like:



McConnell is the head of the sprawling assemblage of agencies known as the “intelligence community.” Discusses the various agencies that fall under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (O.D.N.I.), noting that throughout their history, these organizations have been brutally competitive. The position was created by Congress in 2004 when it passed the Intelligence Reform and Prevention of Terrorism Act. Until then, the nominal head of the intelligence community had been the director of the C.I.A. Now the C.I.A. reports to the D.N.I. McConnell, a retired admiral who had directed the N.S.A. from 1992 to 1996, was working for Booz Allen Hamilton when he was approached about the D.N.I. position. After initially refusing the offer, he was sworn in in February, 2007.

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