I am fucking disgusted

Obama exempts torture staff from prosecution Thursday the Obama administration published four memos (previously secret) detailing legal “justification” for CIA interrogation (wait, torture* – interrogation involves getting intel from it) programs during the Bush era. Following this, President Obama gave assurances that those who participated in these acts will be not be prosecuted.

“those who carried out their duties relying in good faith upon legal advice from the Department of Justice… will not be subject to prosecution”.

Fuck you Mr. President. The only thing stopping me from making impassioned statements expressing hope that you might fall into a pool of 12 molar acid or die in a fire is the thought that that would leave The Biden in charge and ….. yeah not worth it.
Seriously, Mr. Obama, WHAT KIND OF SIDE DEAL DID YOU CUT WITH THESE PEOPLE? I really cannot see any reason why you would do this without benefit? Unless you really are so ideologically sold on this increasingly disconnected from reality notion of unity that puts you as “in touch” with the real world as your predecessor. (Apparently in the 20th century we had crooks in the White House. Now we have bluepills.)

This is all on the heels of the release of documents describing what precisely was “allowed”

So, what was allowed?
Prisoners could be kept awake for more than a week. They could be fed nothing but liquid and thrown against a wall 30 times. Prisoners could be kept awake for more than a week. They could be fed nothing but liquid and thrown against a wall 30 times.
Simulated drowning
Using a plastic neck collar to slam detainees into walls.

“One of the documents contained legal authorisation for a list of specific harsh interrogation techniques, including pushing detainees against a wall, facial slaps, cramped confinement, stress positions and sleep deprivation.
The memo also authorises the use of “waterboarding”, or simulated drowning, and the placing of a detainee into a confined space with an insect.

One technique approved but never used (ha!) involved putting a detainee who had shown a fear of insects into a box filled with caterpillars.

Remember those pictures from Abu-Grahb? Funny how nothing we see there corresponds to anything being described here. Again, we’re not really getting the full truth here (all of those blacked out parts of the memos released should attest to that).

Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA told agency employees that they should be “fully confident that, as you defend the nation, I will defend you.” Just as Attorney General Eric Holder said “It would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect America for conduct that was sanctioned in advance by the Justice Department.”

WHAT THE FUCK? Thank you Mr. Obama for effectively raising to the status of law the “I was only following orders doctrine”. I’m sure it will serve our nation’s clandestine service as well as it has for the last fifty years.

Obama said he wanted to move beyond “a dark and painful chapter in our history.”
Aside from pointing out that this does leave those who made these “legal decisions” open for prosecution (well, aside from whatever side deals THEY cut) I have nothing further to add but more frothing anger and outrage.

* of course, lots of things are cited in the “hey we stopped X, Y, and Z” from happening by doing this. People who offer this argument up do rather miss the point.
Besides, do you believe them? I do not.

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~ by Auntie Ranty on April 16, 2009.

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