Hey, VETS, are you holding Jose Padilla up as a GOOD example of "your work"?
While this may sound better than what Rebuttal is lying-into-reality, the real issue is the record of the CIA? How many foreign coups have blood on this organization's hands? How much "unintended" (as in karmic blowback) consequences have been generated from so-called Intelligence and its Actionable Operations?
The whole damned thing is evil. The problem is, that in following the dark logic of the War on Terror, the plausible defense for such action creates the need for it. That is, now with this War on Terror unleashed for over a decade, REAL enemies have been created and many are benefitting from all the firepower and ordnance left in these brutalized lands. So it now becomes a security measure to theoretically have Intelligence operating to ward off a potentially inevitable attack.
From the article:
"The book, Rebuttal, is a new incarnation of the lie extolling the efficacy of torture. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, a time of perceived crisis and palpable fear, the leaders of the CIA decided to ignore international and domestic law. They chose to discard the moral foundations of our Republic and, using the same justifications that authoritarian regimes have employed for attacking enemies, and embarked willingly on a course of action that embraced practices that in earlier times the United States had condemned and punished as a violation of U.S. laws and fundamental human rights."
Not only is there ZERO efficacy for torture (apart from satisfying the morally repugnant appetites of natural born sociopaths and assorted serial killers in uniform), there was NO attack--from outside--on 911. When will you "Intelligence" guys face the Big Crime and stop covering THAT up...or it is covering your asses?
Makes me wonder if this paragraph isn't "Plausible Deniability" all the way. By framing the debate ONLY around torture, rather than aimed at foreign wars that surely breed torture in the form of contamination by D.U., bombs raining down, children made suddenly into orphans, and women rendered widows... the full extent of the Crimes Against Humanity launched as an Inside Job remain under the radar:
"As former intelligence officers, we are compelled by conscience to denounce the actions and words of our former colleagues. In their minds they have found a way to rationalize and justify torture. We say there is no excuse; there is no justification. The heart of good intelligence work — whether collection or analysis — is based in the pursuit of truth, not the fabrication of a lie."