Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Good day to you.  Some rain yesterday varying between moderate to misty.  Nothing froze though here but evidently it did on highways.  The morning commute was a total mess.  See how things go today.

The news media appears on the edge of hysteria on the anticipated release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture.  I am amused by the emphasis I have seen so far.  It is supposed to contain graphic descriptions and conclude that the torture continued, in some cases, well after all "useful" information had been "extracted."  Where the reporters and some of the more vocal politicians get hysterical is considering how they fear the release might "endanger" Americans overseas.  You can see some of that here.  But saying that the information might cause more agitation against America overseas is like saying that you are going to raise the level of the Pacific Ocean with an eyedropper of water.  I notice the TV media gives little to no time to two bits expected to be in the reports:  in at least three cases the "enhanced" interrogation techniques produced "no results" and the CIA lied repeatedly to the Congress, to the White House, and to the American people.  None of this is really new.  It has dribbled out bit by bit since shortly after 9/11.  At no point in all this time has anyone really spent any time questioning either the effectiveness or the morality of the whole process.

Somebody has one hell of a sense of humor.

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