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Torture, the CIA, the NYT, war crimes and Mark Mansfield

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It's been called to my attention that the "Director of Public Affairs" (????) of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mark Mansfield, has written the following letter to the New York Times -- and in just a few words has exposed The Agency (The Company, as some refer to it, who are in the know ...) and its policy towards WAR CRIMES ..

Here is the letter:

To the Editor [of the New York Times]:

Your Dec. 31 editorial “Looking at America” does a great disservice to the men and women of the C.I.A. You describe the lawful questioning of hardened terrorists as “sickening behavior.” The interrogation methods the C.I.A. has employed over the years have been closely reviewed by lawyers and others in the executive branch, and they have been briefed to our oversight committees in Congress. That is a fact.

It is absurd to suggest that the C.I.A. has an interest in any process that would produce bad intelligence. To dismiss as “barbaric acts” a small, carefully run effort that has disrupted terrorist plots and saved innocent lives — and done so in accord with the law — is wrong and unfair.

The officers of the C.I.A. who put their lives on the line to gather intelligence on the terrorist threat — and are as committed as anyone to protecting American ideals — deserve better.

Mark Mansfield

Director of Public Affairs

Central Intelligence Agency

McLean, Va., Jan. 3, 2008

Mr first reaction upon reading it was this - it reminded me of a Big Nixonian type of WHINE.

Then I noticed that the PROJECTION in it is almost laughable. They are the ones being mistreated? I hardly think so!! But this is a repetitious pattern with Bushistas and Straussites (MIGHT MAKES RIGHT!!) But when I contemplate this letter, and confer with my "legal adviser" certain things about it deserve some right good "nitpicking" - and the legal charade it attempts to present as "gospel" and "edict" should be exposed, word after bloody word, thought after sickening thought. I don't pretend my observations are all mine - I had plenty of help here. But perhaps the reader will stick this through and see the inconsistentancies and legal hole they put themselves in with this "letter to the editor". It was obviously meant for MASS CONSUMPTION.

I could wallpaper all my walls with pictures I have seen of all the torture of living things I have seen the BuZh administration. The imperial presidency, commandeered by a lot of power crazied zealots, has gotten itself up to many unsavory things during the past seven years. But I don't need to do place posters and etching on the walls; the images stay permanently etched in my mind's eye .. you know, that place we all inhabit that isn't material, but is the picture gallery our souls create. When I read what a person writes I am always looking for a visual clue to see if they "get" the mental picture of what they are writing about, or are they just into rationalization or mind games ...

The Department of Justice, the State Department, the Department of Defense, certainly the White House .. and that indefinable Fourth Branch of government that is comprised of Dick Cheney and his two gigantic walk-in Mosler safes whihc employees a staff of science fiction writers have all been totally devoid of real substantive humanity is seeing the soulless world they would like us to "inhabit".

Now it's the CIA ..

This obviously is the intent of the letter - to drag us all into the "land of the dead" or the land of the "willful" and above the law.

We are to inhabit the Land of the Legally Unaccountable with them. Only I'm not going there. I happen to know that assaults and torture on other individuals is illegal.

With a bit of deconstruction, their craziness CAN be done, if we pick apart the serious lack of depth in their ridiculous mental posturings and constructs.

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