The Other I

April 21, 2009

Using the drip-drip method against torture

Filed under: Political thoughts — theotheri @ 1:46 pm

Like many others in touch with the news, I have been increasingly concerned about the evidence suggesting that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and critical personnel in the the Department of Justice unambiguously encouraged the use of torture against “terrorist” suspects.  The interrogation techniques unambiguously were torture in everything but the most twisted, legalese these men seem to have manufactured.  

The media here yesterday, for instance, reported that water-boarding was used hundreds of times in a single year on several different suspects, along with illustrations of other stress techniques, sleep deprivation, and  enforced nakedness.

I’ve been quite cynical about the possibility that anyone – no matter how much blood they have on their hands – will ever be made accountable.   Do I strongly suspect Bush, when he was president, authorized these things?  Yes.  But my fear has been the America does not have the will to bring him and other former high officials to account.  My fear has been that people would prefer to have the issue disappear with a vague promise that “it won’t happen again.”

But I stumbled on a article today that gives me hope.  The former federal prosecuting attorney, Elizabeth de la Vega lays out a strong case for moving slowly.  She argues that appointing an independent prosecutor now will give everybody a good feeling, but ultimately will kick the whole issue into the long grass, probably forever.

De la Vega argues that the more effective method is to let as much information about the support and use of torture become public as possible.  Then, she believes, the conditions for serious accountability may emerge.

If she’s right, then the best method for achieving justice is not to clamour for an immediate show of force, but to have the patience to let the evidence be uncovered in a slow, relentless feed.

Okay.  I’ll wait.  It will be worth it to get those arrogant hypocritical deceitful men who thought they were powerful enough to get away with it.


  1. I totally agree with you. What those arrogant men did to our country under the disguise of patriotism is a disgrace. I hope they are all held accountable for their actions.


    Comment by djc1 — April 23, 2009 @ 12:51 am | Reply

    • We shall see. I personally think there’s about a 50-50 chance any of the big guys will be brought to book. Which, I suppose, really means that in truth I haven’t the vaguest idea what will happen. But I live in hope.


      Comment by theotheri — April 23, 2009 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

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