To those living “outside the Beltway” it may seem counterintuitive that those of us whose analysis has been correct on key issues that the U.S. government got criminally wrong – like the invasion of Iraq in 2003 – would be blacklisted from “mainstream” media and ostracized by the Smart People of the Establishment. But, alas, that’s the way it is.
The purpose of the torture and leaks about it serve the meme that "rag heads hiding in caves did 9/11" well. It kept focus on the "enemy" without and off of the enemy within...
I think it is important to stress something that isn't mentioned in this excellent piece.
And that is: TORTURE IS UNETHICAL AND IMMORAL EVEN IF IT DOES WORK!
'The sole exception is if your purpose is to obtain unreliable or false “intelligence.” For instance, if you wish to coerce an Al Qaeda operative into “confessing” that there were close ties between Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, well, then torture can work like a charm.'
This is what Cheney always referred to as 'actionable intelligence,' because it gave him cover to act however he pleased...
You know, I am really glad that McGovern included the list of names there. It is impressive.