Friday, September 15, 2006

Knowledge in the Past Tense

In his introductory remarks to his press conference today, President Bush offered this example to show how important it is for the CIA to keep the terror in interrogate:

For example, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed described the design of planned attacks of buildings inside the U.S. and how operatives were directed to carry them out. That is valuable information for those of us who have the responsibility to protect the American people. He told us the operatives had been instructed to ensure that the explosives went off at a high -- a point that was high enough to prevent people trapped above from escaping.

Now, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured March 1, 2003. He is generally believed to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, which happened in 2001. One of the most horrible fates (if ranking terrible ways to die makes any sense at all) for those who were killed was to be trapped in the upper floors of the WTC towers with nowhere to go.

Our President, the leader of the free world, the man leading the defense of "civilization and liberty" against "hateful ideology," directly says we need to waterboard to get crucial information. OK, he has never owned up to the waterboarding, but go look at his nasty grin when Matt Lauer interviews him about it--it's a Karla Faye Tucker moment. After all, without waterboarding we will never find out the terrorists' plans FROM TWO YEARS AGO.

Does he think we're all as dumb as he is?


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