"A limited hangout, or partial hangout, is a public relations or propaganda technique that involves the release of previously hidden information in order to prevent a greater exposure of more important details.
It takes the form of deception, misdirection, or coverup often associated with intelligence agencies involving a release or "mea culpa" type of confession of only part of a set of previously hidden sensitive information, that establishes credibility for the one releasing the information who by the very act of confession appears to be "coming clean" and acting with integrity; but in actuality, by withholding key facts, is protecting a deeper operation and those who could be exposed if the whole truth came out." - Wikipedia.
"How nice do you want to be to the murderers of 3,000 people on 9/11?" - Former Vice President Dick Cheney, commenting on the Torture Report.The release of the Torture Report was a political act, and the report itself is a whitewash.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and others have given a pathetic and predictable defense of torture. By leaning on the false flag 9/11 events to morally, intellectually, and politically justify torture they have yet again revealed the emptiness of their arguments. They are using one crime to justify another one.
But Mr. Cheney is right about one thing. Politicians who make and articulate policies have no right to throw overboard the professionals who execute the policies and get their hands dirty.
It's easy to blame all this horror on the CIA, but it was Congressmen and Senators who passed the Patriot Act after the 9/11 crime without even bothering to read the damn thing. They want to distance themselves from the torturers and executioners of the CIA, but history tells a different story.
The only good the Torture Report has done is raise public awareness about the depth of the crimes that were committed in the name of defeating terrorism. Hopefully it begins a broader and global conversation about torture.
Only terror regimes and failed states have to resort to torture to achieve their political and security objectives, and the U.S. is both of those things. But it has a lot of company.
Over 50 countries collaborated with the U.S. in its illegal torture program! Countries with diverse traditions, histories, and values, such as Canada, Saudi Arabia, Poland, and Iran all assisted CIA torturers and executioners in one way or another.
These nations could have said "No, thank you, we have our own in-house torturers, we can manage ourselves" but they didn't. They could have isolated the criminal CIA and the Bush administration on the world political stage at a very crucial time in the false War on Terror by refusing to hand over prisoners to their dungeons but instead they chose to legitimize their lawless actions.
If you think Bush, Cheney, and the criminals in the CIA will ever be sent to the Hague to answer for their crimes or be hanged like Saddam, think again.
Justice would be them being chased out of their country and having to die in exile like the Nazis. Actually, that would be mercy.