February 25, 2010
If the answer is yes, you might want to gulp down a handful or two before reading this post by former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy:
The Obama Democrats have outdone themselves.There's much, much more at the link, and it's all fucking disgraceful. Oh, I'm sorry, I meant to say smart, strong.
While the country and the Congress have their eyes on today’s dog-and-pony show on socialized medicine, House Democrats last night stashed a new provision in the intelligence bill which is to be voted on today.It is an attack on the CIA:the enactment of a criminal statute that would ban “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.” (See here, scoll to p. 32.)
The provision is impossibly vague — who knows what “degrading” means? Proponents will say that they have itemized conduct that would trigger the statute (I’ll get to that in a second), but it is not true.The proposal says the conduct reached by the statute “includes but is not limited to” the itemized conduct. (My italics.) That means any interrogation tactic that a prosecutor subjectively believes is “degrading” (e.g., subjecting a Muslim detainee to interrogation by a female CIA officer) could be the basis for indicting a CIA interrogator.
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