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Interrogation Secrets Released

The lamestream media told you:

The recently top-secret details of CIA "experimental interrogation" techniques used against Muslim jihadis and others bent on mass-murder of civilians and destroying America have been revealed by president Barack Obama, through the release of detailed memos that authorized the methods and described their use and legal limitations of use.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

It's not clear how many black ops, foreign governments, terrorists, criminals, cartels, and counterinsurgency groups knew of and used these novel techniques against their own insurgents, malcontents, political prisoners, unsavory "usual suspects," desperados and others, but now they are well informed on the creative techniques that are on the borderline of torture, and said to be extremely effective for extracting information.

Americans in the field can now anticipate the use of such techniques on themselves if they are captured, thanks to Mr. Obama's policy of openness. CIA veterans blasted the move as releasing a training manual for al-Qaida. Mr. Obama could have stonewalled if he chose to, but gave in instead to a court deadline forced by an ACLU lawsuit.

As the Uninvited Ombudsman has observed previously, a second word is needed to distinguish between severe but borderline techniques such as those used by our CIA to protect the nation, and unambiguous torture where victims are beaten senseless, burned, mutilated, hacked, dismembered, electrocuted, disemboweled, drilled, skinned, acid washed, blinded, stabbed, abraded, buried alive, eaten by ants or have their heads put in vices, where no one even remotely disputes whether it is torture or not.

Many nations and groups around the world, unlike the U.S., use such real torture as standard practice. The CIA methods simulate disaster but stop short of permanent physical abuse, with techniques such as keeping a person awake (for up to eight days), getting a person wet (up to six times in two hours), forcing a person to stand or live in cramped quarters for a period of time, or live with ugly but harmless bugs, provided they are told the bugs are harmless.

It's not clear if al-Qaida or other torture groups will comply with the limits set by the Justice Dept.

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