not intellectual

Top CIA man says,

“Like a lot of Americans, I’m involved in this internal, intellectual battle with myself weighing the idea that water-boarding may be torture versus the quality of the information that we often get after using the water-boarding technique. And I struggle with it.”

Thing is, it’s not really an intellectual problem, it’s a moral problem, and it would be a shame to think that lots of Americans are really making this confusion.

He doesn’t even give an accurate description of the second alternative. That word should strictly be “quantity,” not quality.

What a world we live in.


5 thoughts on “not intellectual

  1. I read a discussion recently (prob BBC) where someone (prob American) was saying in effect that the CIA should be able to do whatever it takes to “stop these people changing our way of life by their violence and intimidation”

    Completely missing the point that (a) if there’s anything worth preserving about “our way of life” it would be completely inconsistent with torture, and (b) that other people probably don’t really appreciate being on the receiving end of “our” violence and intimidation either.


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