WASHINGTON, DC – Washington, D.C, the nation’s capital, where the torture of politics has moved to the politics of torture with the possible release this week by the Senate of a report on the CIA’s torture of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists.
No one expects the incidents to be on the same level as the Spanish Inquisition, but the release of the findings from the five-year Senate Intelligence Committee investigation is sure to cause some level of political pain and suffering.
Mike Rogers, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, says it could even result in killings. “Our foreign leaders have approached the government and said you do this, this will cause violence and deaths. Our own intelligence community has assessed that this wlll cause violence and deaths.”
Back in August, President Obama acknowledged the use of torture in the days following 9/11 terror attacks on the United States. “We did some things that were contrary to our values. I understand why it happened.”
The full 6,000-page report is supposed to suggestion that top intelligence officials lied to former President Bush about the extent and results of so-called enhanced interrogations like sleep deprivation and waterboarding.
Senate Democrats and human rights activists say the report will help assure this will never happen again.
Of course, the CIA and its supporters will say aggressive interrogation will help assure another 9/11 will never happen again. Sadly, both of sides are probably wrong.