America Did Not Torture Terrorist Detainees
Much is being made in the press of the findings of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on Bush-era CIA enhanced interrogation techniques. Most headlines simply state that a “Senate report” finds that “torture” did not work in gleaning information from detainees during the height of the War on Terror. What very few press reports state is that this is a biased report written 100% by partisan Democrats on the intelligence committee, with no input from their Republican counterparts. Further, what little is being released from this report is nothing new, and nothing that wasn’t reported on ad infinitum during the Bush years.
What most people do not understand is how this Senate investigative report came to be. Whichever party controls the Senate controls each committee, so in this case, since the Democrats control the Senate every Senate committee is not only controlled by a Democrat, but also has more Democratic staff members working on it than Republicans. Each committee chairman has enormous latitude to investigate whatever he or she wants, and the ranking minority member has no say in the matter. If a chairman wants to investigate green Martians landing on Earth she can, but in this case Senator Feinstein and her majority staff have spent five years -- yes five years -- “investigating” a matter to settle an old political score and embarrass the Bush Administration. She says she is “shocked” at the report’s findings and that it is a black mark on American history.
What are those findings? The report is classified, and perhaps in the coming months when key findings are declassified something new will come out, but so far what we know from media reports is that the chairwoman of the intelligence committee, liberal senator Diane Feinstein of California, says that waterboarding is torture and that it did not work. Why this is news is a mystery, since that is what Democrats and the media said all throughout the Bush years. But so red hot is the left’s hatred of Bush and his War on Terror that they are trying to make a lasting mark on the historical record so that there is no doubt to the world and here at home that America tortured our prisoners. But this accusation simply is not true.
Let’s look at the harshest interrogation technique used by the CIA: waterboarding. Very few press reports and even fewer members of Congress or Senators will acknowledge or perhaps even realize that our own Navy pilots, Marines, and special forces units are subjected to waterboarding for survival training, known as Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) School. Implemented after Vietnam to help our troops survive if captured as POWs, Congress has been funding this training for forty years. Thousands upon thousands of American troops have been waterboarded for SERE training, and never once has Senator Feinstein, or any of her fellow “torture” opponents in Congress, called for the cessation of the technique on American troops. They seem only to have a problem with waterboarding when it’s done to Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, mastermind of 9/11.
We can believe that those who shout “torture” are opposed to waterboarding when they’re out in front of SERE schools picketing for it to end on our own troops, or when the opponents in Congress cut off such funding. Until then, this is just another “blame America first” project intended to further denigrate the Bush years. Mission Accomplished.