If Feinstein and her fellow Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee thought their war over "enhanced interrogation techniques" won, they woke up to a rude awakening on Sunday morning, when CIA veterans and defenders of the EIT program jumped at the chance to offer their own rebuttals.
The quest to profile for either monetary or political gain is here forever. Many consumer products, from handheld smart devices to cars and smart homes have enhanced capabilities to turn our inner world over to the metadata highway.
Jane Mayer of the New Yorker has posted former CIA General Counsel Stephen Preston's answers to questions submitted by Senator Mark Udall, about SSIC's secret 6000-page study on torture and the CIA's response. Senator Udall's questions are equally revealing.
Given that the torture scenes are so repulsive, but shown nonetheless, it is clearly Bigelow's goal to make us never forget the horror and demeaning nature of torture both for the victim and for the torturers.
Torture has no place in a civilized society. No matter the success or means to achieve a good end, torture (or as some leaders referred to it, enhanced interrogation techniques) reflects our darkest impulses and pulls all of us in this democracy to a dark place.
Zero Dark Thirty works as a crime procedural, but its irresponsible, destructive, dishonest stance on torture absolutely ruined it for me, and I feel Zero Dark Thirty should not be on any best-of-the-year lists, nor is it deserving of Oscar consideration.
It's no surprise that support for torture is strong among Republicans. But it's new and especially bad when they support it for no special reason, addressing no particular dire event or emergency, but just, you know, because.
Another year, another round of the torture debate -- the pattern keeps repeating itself. Each year, the pro-torture advocates submit a new mouthpiece, and each year the anti-torture advocates offer up actual interrogators.
Another round of torture debates is soon to ensue on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Jose Rodriguez, the former CIA agent notorious for destroying 'the torture tapes,' will release his new book, Hard Measures, on the same date.
A disturbing trend among some Republicans lately, as we saw in last night's debate, is to treat any terror-related crime as something completely new and different, which needn't comply with even our most basic sense of decency, let alone U.S. law.