Here is Dick Cheney on Meet the Press five days after September 11, 2001.....
"We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will. We've got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies, if we're going to be successful. That's the world these folks operate in, and so it's going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective."
Though entirely disinterested in hearing about warnings before 9-11-01 concerning Bin Laden's intent to strike inside America, five days after the tragedy Dick Cheney was clearing the way for the CIA and private mercenary contractors to begin torturing Muslim detainees.
At the time that torture became an American "tool" in direct violation of international treaties, Americans were told by the Bushies that they were doing everything.....including working the "dark side" of torture, to prevent ANOTHER terrorist attack like 9-11.
I remember hearing that line quite often immediately after the Towers fell. I never quite got the connection. The Bush/Cheney administration failed in protecting, in defending the American population on 9-11. The most important job of the Commander in Chief is to defend and protect the U.S.A. At least, that's what conservatives and Republicans always tell me.
And yet, George W. Bush and Richard Cheney failed to protect on 9-11-01. It was a tragic case of incompetence. Because that was the case, any discussion of the Bush/Cheney failure had to be marginalized....and immediately. So, the scriptwriters who later marketed the Iraq war, rushed to come up with a narrative that would turn our attention away from Bush and Cheney's dismal failure to protect the nation on 9-11.
Fear became the vehicle.....and the driver was the mostly-bogus assertion that our Cheneyite "dark siders" were doing all the "dark side" stuff to protect the country from ANOTHER attack. That became the new meme immediately following the 9-11 attack. However, anyone who knew anything about the symbolic nature of jihadist attacks, knew that it was very unlikely that a followup attack was imminent after 9-11. Jihadists have historically planned one spectacular display of violence at a time, often years apart. Further, because the jihadists are stateless.....they simply do not have the resources to wage a continual jihadist battle.
But a followup attack became the new great fear.....and that fear was spread continuously by the Bush administration and all media. It was all a ruse....a misdirection....one that would be repeated by these same Bushies as they later fraudulently led us into regime change in Iraq.
I mention all this now because of the current discussion over releasing the Senate Intelligence report on torture ordered during the Bush years. The second greatest misdirection of the Bushies, after the one about protecting all of us from a followup attack, was that torture was necessary to obtain evidence of just such a followup attack. Over the years the necessity of torture was expanded by the Cheneyites with the repetitive claim that torture worked. Torture saved lives. Torture prevented further jihadist attacks....and was therefore, even though illegal,.....an essential tool to keep Americans safe.
.....former FBI agent Ali Soufan interrogated Zayn al-Abidin Muhammed Hussein, the suspected al-Qaeda operative known as Abu Zubaida, after his capture in Pakistan in 2002. He said that Soufan was cooperating, gave valuable information, but the CIA insisted on torturing him anyway. The CIA later mixed the pre-torture evidence with the minor torture-derived evidence to suggest that torture was the reason for the intelligence.
If the Senate Intelligence report is ever released to the public.....and I have my doubts.....Americans will finally have to face the evil of not only the Bush/Cheney neo-con criminals....but the evil of the CIA as well in purposely concocting a devious lie about the efficacy of torture, I suppose for hiney-covering reasons.
Because torture leads to false confessions....and because Dick Cheney knew that torture leads to false confessions....it has always been my opinion that Cheney immediately embraced "dark side" torture after 9-11 to obtain false confession material which would support his "stove piped intelligence" scheme to connect Saddam with 9-11 or al-Qaeda.
In other words, just like the Downing Street memo informed, Cheney was going to Iraq no matter what and he was "fixing the intelligence around the policy" by whatever means necessary. If that involved misleading Congress, or killing a few detainees through torturing them.....so be it.
Twelve years removed....and the same characters are still trying to keep all the above information secret and away from the American public. So desperate still are the torture players that they just recently hacked the Senate Intelligence computers in the hope of manipulating the process.
Last week the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11-3 to declassify portions of the torture report. That explains the multiple-Bushies media appearances in the last few days......regurgitating the same old lies, misdirections and deceptions about how effective torture was in protecting and defending Americans.
Regurgitation from the very same people who failed miserably to protect and defend Americans, or America, on 9-11-01.
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