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Water is such a peculiar substance. It has a unique anomaly between 0C and +4C; ice is lighter than cold water. Ice thus floats and we all live because of that. It is the main cause of life thriving on Earth and it is not yet fully explained. Water has many other unique features. I am a scientist and an engineer and I study it. I have theories in my head, lots of them, my math is perfect, I feel that I know in advance the explanation for many phenomena. But I can't get direct answers. I have to design experiments, buy or build expensive equipment, get money, work with other people, purify samples, follow the rules and regulations, etc. etc. I have to work and that is so frustrating. How easy it could be if water had feelings. I could torture it, inflict pain and intimidation, deprive it of sleep, make it suffer so that it could confirm my theories and my perceptions. It would be good for everyone; imagine how many good things we could design together, how fast we could progress ahead. Of course, other scientists could torture it too to get confirmations for their theories; thus I would have to develop the ingenious torturing techniques but that would be no problem, piece of cake compared to the travails of the real science when after years of tedious research that clear fluid just bubbles in front of you and leaks, and escapes and pushes back and laughs at you. In case of torture you are in control, you define when to start and when to stop. Oh, that sweet feeling of power. In real science Nature has all the cards; you are nothing but a humble servant; it is so intimidating, How great it would be if we could torture natural objects, how easy, how gratifying. How great it would be if we could do to them what we do to people.
I was watching the MSNBC, a "liberal' station with Mika B. and Mr. B., her father and also Donny D., sort of a business analyst- and they were "discussing' the Brennan hearings, torture and drones. They all were immaculately dressed and groomed and looked good; that's how our medieval folks usually look when they appear in public; snouts and snarling fangs are carefully hidden. And then Mr.B with that falsely somber face of his says that although he personally does not approve of torture (he also specifies that for him torture is only inflicting pain, other things like for instance sleep deprivation or intimidation are not- MS), there could be circumstances when you (sic!) "know' that a person has crucial info and you (sic!) have no time to spare, then... you can do it. He is very sorry. Then Mr. D. comes in and "salutes' Mr. B for his clever definition and he agrees and even goes further- he extrapolates that if the relatives the of 9/11 dead would have been asked if they would have approved torture to save the 9/11 victims, they surely would have approved. That' s what he says. Then the encouraged Mr. B. proceeds about drones and says that yes, we are at war with "organization' and that if the members of that organization "gather somewhere' and plot "something', you (sic!) can kill them all and also those around them, sorry for the collateral damage. That's what they were saying and if you (sic!) peer into the screen you could see the fangs and snouts but you had to look attentively because by that time they changed to sports and we all know how short the attention span is nowadays. Oh, yes, they also praised our democracy.
When I watched that Twilight scene I felt as if the whole history of Humanity, the proud species to which I belong fell to dust. I am not going to refute those arguments- those are not the arguments to even consider. Humanity went a long way, thousands and millions of people died for a firm and proud statement of a free man, 'We, the people do not torture human beings, never ever.' We do not inflict pain, we do not deny water and food, we do not intimidate, we do not threaten children in front of their parents, we do not deprive of sleep. I could have speculated that if we used Mr.D's argument a lot of folks from the administration of that time should have been subjects to enhanced interrogation but no, even in that case any of such abominations would be what it would be- an abomination, nothing more and a nothing less. Torture, drone killings, - those things are evil, those who discuss them in cold blood become evil, those who do that under any pretense are evil and we, the people should in no way rely on them, evil, inhumane beings for our security and our survival. They do not work for us and they do not protect us. They only work for evil and they protect only themselves because evil corrupted them and showed them the seemingly easy way -- and they succumbed.
But how then can we protect ourselves, people would ask. If we cannot be evil, then how?
And the answer is -- we must be more honest, that's all. In science we treat Nature with honesty and dignity, we design experiments and we test theories again and again, and we fail, and we get up and we go to other people and we listen to them and we publish and we criticize, and we argue and we cry from helplessness many times until at one glorious moment all falls in place and we have a string theory or a Gothic Cathedral. In intelligence it is the same- we connect the dots, we promote honest people (Ray McGovern says now that CIA had become a mafia- type organization and if that is so, how can we the people rely on it for any actions?-MS). Honest people are not just the good workers- they are immune from evil and if we had honest people in our intelligence right now they would have laughed their ears off at the speculations of those werewolves from MSNBC. They would have said that they could take anyone of them, B, D, R, whoever -- and in 5min. each of them would have confessed to being an Al-Qaeda operative plotting to destroy the US. They, those honest professionals would have said that it was exactly the destruction of the honest work in the US intelligence that first lead to terrorism and then-to the appearance of torture and drones and that also lead to the breeding of the creatures of the night in all layers of elite and its servants. Darkness in minds creates monsters. They those monsters come out on TV and discuss our fate. Not only they do that but they claim to do that in our name. Every Century has its medieval times (the phrase by Slavomir Mroszek, the Polish writer). Our medieval times is now. But it is not the time of Gothic architecture. It is the time of killing drones. The people in the Middle Ages were better than us. They were honest. We are not.
Come to think of it, I am happy I cannot torture water or fire or put a piece of metal in a painful position. I am happy also that I know that if I was in the intelligence community I would have been as honest as I am in science and that is not an opinion of a nave idealist. It is the opinion of a professional. Professionalism and education are the things which make us civilized, make us independent and proud. They also make it possible to spot the creatures of the night even if they hide in a plain sight. I saw them on MSNBC. I am telling you about them. Now you know. You cannot pretend not to know anymore.
It is good to be a scientist.