Yesterday, Americans learned the extent of brutality and deceit in the CIA’s years of torture following September 11th. What was thought to be publicly known before turns out to be much worse than previous thought, from the CIA intentionally misrepresenting its own data to support continued torture to practices never before known, like “rectal rehydration”.
When Ted Cruz’s communications director Amanda Carpenter got her hands on the facts, she got right to work fear-mongering like the president who oversaw the torture. Like most of her right-wing cohort averse to facts and American transparency, Carpenter claimed — with no backing from anyone in the intelligence community — that the report would endanger American lives. When Texas Democratic consultant Jason Stanford pointed out the asininity of her claim, Carpenter provided an unintentionally comical response:
Ted Cruz’s comms director thinks that the rest of the world didn’t already know what was in the torture report. pic.twitter.com/4sd2NXCI3M
— Jason Stanford (@JasStanford) December 9, 2014
Carpenter seemingly wants you to forget that the Republicans ran the torture program that has greatly hurt America’s standing in the world, wasted billions, bred distrust for us worldwide, and has endangered American lives. Torture’s effects are entirely in Republican hands. Projection is the glue that holds the Republican Party together, and Carpenter’s boss is no exception, so though ridiculous, her claim is also utterly predictable.
Of course, it’s tragic that such a damning report comes under fire from one of the two “serious” (heavy quotes) political parties. It’s important to remember that though they’re now out of presidential power, it is the Republicans’ war criminal legacy that has proven so strong as to protect all the CIA torturers – and their commanders – from ever facing prosecution.
When President Obama took office, he told the press unequivocally that he’s focused on looking forward, and never looking back at the worst crimes of the previous administration. His administration then granted full immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers. Now that this report is out, President Obama refuses to take a stand on whether the torture methods were effective. The report reveals they were not, and served only to waste American efforts and send troops on misdirected missions based on false reports from men hoping not to get tortured for the umpteenth time.