Tuesday, November 15, 2011

ACLU running CIA, Hmmm, Great Idea!!!

ACLU: If We Ran the CIA...

Nov 15th, 2011 - In what surely came as news to both venerable institutions, Michele Bachmann announced on Saturday night that the ACLU is “running the CIA.” In a campaign full of absurd moments, this one managed to stand out, and it got us thinking:

What would the ACLU do if we did run the CIA?

First and foremost, we’d stop suing ourselves! We would stop filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of the CIA’s programs of extraordinary rendition and abusive interrogation. We would stop arguing that the CIA’s use of drones to kill suspected terrorists far from any battlefield should be reviewed by federal courts. And we would stop demanding the release of still-secret CIA documents about waterboarding, the “black sites,” and the use of drones.

Of course, we wouldn’t really end these lawsuits, but we would change the policies that we’ve sued over, because each of those policies undermines the rule of law, taints the reputation of our country, and creates a dangerous precedent for future administrations and other countries around the world.

Here’s how we would change a few of those policies:

We would publicly acknowledge that the CIA’s experiment with the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” (including waterboarding) was illegal, immoral, and ineffective. read more>>>

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