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Cheney Tortures, Lies About Torture

By Matthew Yglesias  

"Cheney Tortures, Lies About Torture"

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It is, of course, borderline treasonous to suggest that anyone would mislead anyone about their barbaric and illegal torture activities:

Then-Vice President Dick Cheney, defending the invasion of Iraq, asserted in 2004 that detainees interrogated at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp had revealed that Iraq had trained al Qaida operatives in chemical and biological warfare, an assertion that wasn’t true.

Cheney’s 2004 comments to the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News were largely overlooked at the time. However, they appear to substantiate recent reports that interrogators at Guantanamo and other prison camps were ordered to find evidence of alleged cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein — despite CIA reports that there were only sporadic, insignificant contacts between the militant Islamic group and the secular Iraqi dictatorship.

And this is the practical problem with torture. If you know what you want people to say, you can torture them into saying it. But that’s not a process that actually enhances the quantity of accurate information in your possession.

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