The Context of Harsh Interrogation

As Dick Cheney and others have emphasized, it is foolish to evaluate the enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA without acknowledging their context: in the aftermath of 9/11, the federal government’s most important responsibility was to do everything possible to ensure that there was no sequel. Democratic Senators and Congressmen who were briefed on the CIA’s operations at the time had no problem with what the agency was doing. Now, after thirteen years with no attacks on the scale of 9/11, they are peddling revisionist history.

Michael Ramirez is more deserving of a seat on the Senate Intelligence Committee than the Democrats who authored their recent report. He at least remembers what it was all about; click to enlarge:



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