The Senate Democrats are releasing a report on the CIA’s use of “torture” today. At this stage, there seems no point in relitigating whether the use of harsh but non-injurious interrogation techniques (e.g. waterboarding. sleep deprivation, stress positions) to derive intelligence that saves innocent human lives is actually “torture.” But one does wonder why, after eight years in power, the Democrats are just *now* releasing this report as they are headed out the door? One can speculate as to the reasons for the timing:
- One last opportunity to slam the Bush Administration, because Democrat political success hinges on keeping hate directed at their opposition.
- An opportunity for the self-righteous moral preening the left is so fond of indulging in; regardless of the cost in human lives and destruction
- Leaving a big, steaming turd on the desk for the incoming Republican majority to deal with.
- [Update] I almost forgot, thanks Heliotrope, fossilized Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein has a personal vendetta with the CIA.
Now, if the USA were engaged in the kind of torture that ISIS and the (much beloved by the left) Cuban Communist Regimes does — pulling off fingernails, burning people alive, physical disfigurement — has done, and for no other purpose than sadistic retribution, that would be something to be outraged about. But as for shedding a tear because the Mohammadan butcher Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded to get vital, life-saving information…