Friday, December 09, 2005

Here's what we've been saying all along!

Did you read the Times today? If you've been following the war news you know that the government has finally admitted that much of the information they got to drag us into war was false, and that they knew it came from a source the Pentagon considered unreliable. So far no surprise, right?

Well guess what: it turns out that the reason our unreliable source, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi made up his stories about connections between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein was that he was in Egypt being tortured, and he told them what they wanted him to say to get them to stop.

This raises a couple of questions:

1. What does this do to the "ticking time bomb" scenario?

2. (This is the one that I've never understood.) How does this help the torturers? They will say that they are trying to get information, but they obviously don't care if they get true information. For instance, back when the English were torturing innocent Irishment to get them to confess to bombings they didn't do, by getting false confessions they got a conviction, but they didn't get the people who actually planted the bomb. Wouldn't you think they'd be interested in finding those people?


Blogger Sausy Blue said...

Jack, I think I'm preaching to the choir when I say this, but I dont think they care about ticking time bombs, or regular people, or what have you. They care about keeping Joe Schmoe American scared shitless so they can increase their bottom line...and that's their personal bottom line, not the countrys.

December 16, 2005 10:20 PM  

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