Monday, December 22, 2014

New York Times: prosecute Dick Cheney et al.

A word salad of extracted phrases in the Times' editorial alone is enough to give pause:
actively defended the indefensible; abhorrent; false patina of legality; depravity; sadistic; blinkered apologists; fabricating a legal foundation; shopped around for the answer they wanted; vast criminal conspiracy, under color of law; not made in good faith; Republicans who have gone hoarse braying; rationalize and conceal
Here's an excerpt in complete sentences:
     Mr. Obama has said multiple times that “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards,” as though the two were incompatible. They are not. 
     ...Who should be held accountable? ... any credible investigation should include former Vice President Dick Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A. director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who drafted what became known as the torture memos.
     There are many more names that could be considered, including Jose Rodriguez Jr., the C.I.A. official who ordered the destruction of the videotapes; the psychologists who devised the torture regimen; and the C.I.A. employees who carried out that regimen.
     ...Starting a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to rebuke torture by other governments ...The question is whether the nation will stand by and allow the perpetrators of torture to have perpetual immunity for their actions.

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