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    Re: CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children'

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    You are incorrect. It has nothing whatever to do with revenge. It has to do with protecting our own.
    If this were true, one would be looking hard at the consequences of their actions and how it impacts the situation. Such as how does pursuing an aggressive, occupational, and very destructive policy in the middle east affect the area and the attitudes, responses, and actions of the people there.
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    Re: CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children'

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children' - Times Online

    Oh, 9/11 suspect or not. I don't think threatening children is right if this is true.
    If this is true, do you not understand that the children weren't threatened? Mohammed was threatened that something would happen to his children. His children never knew of the threat, nor were they killed.

    This is patently irresponsible for Holder to go public with this. It only fans the flames, and it really makes you wonder who's side Obama and his cronies are on.

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    Re: CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    If this were true, one would be looking hard at the consequences of their actions and how it impacts the situation. Such as how does pursuing an aggressive, occupational, and very destructive policy in the middle east affect the area and the attitudes, responses, and actions of the people there.
    Well, I suppose it depends on how one defines "our own," and "destructive." I don't consider our policies in the Middle East to be destructive, because the attitudes of people who embrace savage violence have little value to me, or to you for that matter.

    Would you prefer a more pragmatic policy? The one that comes to mind is a return to Colonialism, which I favor.

    The fault in your thinking is common, and understandable. Being steeped in the benefits of a society that places at least substantial value on Rationality, you find it difficult to accept that there are societies which do not, at least by any standard that you'd recognize. (Fore instance, enslaving women and killing apostates seems quiote rational in other systems.)
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    Re: CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children'

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I think you're mistaken. Information gained from terrorist suspects is used, in many cases, to kill their peers. Do you really have an issue with that?
    Do we have information that torture itself gave us the ability to kill their peers or that other methods allowed that? Again any solid proof that torture has stopped any plots?

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    Re: CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children'

    Quote Originally Posted by PogueMoran View Post
    Do we have information that torture itself gave us the ability to kill their peers or that other methods allowed that? Again any solid proof that torture has stopped any plots?
    Are you under the seriously mistaken perception that I think torture is a useful interrogation technique?

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    Re: CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children'

    Quote Originally Posted by Truth Detector View Post
    But this is not what is being debated in this thread is it?
    Are you seriously doh'ing me???

    I don't have any problems with the CIA threatening to harm the children of suspects because I know that they would not be allowed to follow through on those threats.

    And yet, no one can pinpoint what exact laws the CIA employees broke; what we have here is a lot of emotional partisan hyperbolic blather about "perceived" injustices where none have occurred in an attempt to impugn the previous administration or worse, the entire nation for purely political purposes, and where they have been discovered, the perpetrators were indeed prosecuted for those actions.
    I have a problem with acts of torture being allowed under U.S. law. I was answering your generic torture arguments in my response. However, to be clear, I do not put this particular incident in the realm of torture.

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    Re: CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children'

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    You are incorrect. It has nothing whatever to do with revenge. It has to do with protecting our own.

    Your concept of harsh interrogation is about what I'd expect from someone constantly shielded from the underside of society. This is not derisiveness on my part, merely a long-term observation.

    What you call "torture" is not the loss of control, but the assertion of it. Foolishly, people who have never seen someone broken, accidentally, or purposely, claim the the target will "say anything to make the pain stop." But they fail to realize that someone properly so treated is pretty much incapable of lying-- the creative faculties require a certain positive self image to prevaricate.

    This is the nature of the world: sometimes very hard choices have to be made, hard things have to be done. History books are full of examples of people who chose wrongly, or failed to take necessary action. Living examples however are sparse.

    By the way, since you think my response emotional, know this. I could perform the midsection I mentioned while sipping lemonade and listening to Brahms.
    Shielded? I'm basing it on the reality of the situation. You act as if we've never had to face terrorism that somehow 9/11 changed everything even though it changed nothing. To argue otherwise suggests a certain naivety in our society. There are constant examples in our history where some of our greatest presidents had to make hard choices and chose to do the right thing.

    George Washington said no to torture as did Abe Lincoln. Even St Ronnie railed against torture. Some of the "hardest" nazis we cracked through traditional interrogation techniques including playing chess with them. We can agree the nazis were some pretty rotten mother****ers.

    Yet we found when we "broke" KSM, Al Nashiri and Zubaydah they provided us with virtually worthless information. KSM took responsibility for everything under the sun and told us what we wanted to hear. Time and time again the experts have come out and stated it doesn't work and its not practical. And yet you persist to claim the opposite regardless of the circumstances.

    We've successfully interogated prisoners for years using the army field manual and traditional methods and were able to gather intel.

    The world doesn't work according to 24.

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    Re: CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children'

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    Can't say i am surprised.
    I'm 50/50 on what is viewed as right or wrong when the issue is on the War on Terror.

    On the one hand, the terrorist take a "kill or be killed" approach. They don't distinguish between combatant or innocent civilian where their enemies are concerned. They'd just as soon kill an innocent bystander on the streets who they view as the enemy as they would a soldier. But we, Americans (or members of other more "civilized" nations) do make that distinction. Nevertheless, when it comes to treatment of POWs/MIAs I doubt the terrorist are looking kindly upon our soldiers as we once did towards theirs. Still, I admit I'm torn between the morality that tells me to be bigger than they and not stoop to their level while at the same time knowing full well they really don't care about what happens to us.

    So, when it comes down to it the question is do we take care not to lose our moral selves in this fight against terrorism and abid by national and international laws or do we take the low ground and follow the "kill or be killed/shoot first and ask questions later" approach?

    I would like to believe I'd be one of those individuals who would stand by and support the laws of the land in any and all cases no matter what the subject matter might be, but the truth is where terrorist activities are concerns, particularly when committed against my country, I tend to not give a rats arse about those who would take the life of my fellow soldiers, sailors and even innocent civilians (reporters) without hesitation long before I stand up and denounce those who may have done wrong in their terror techniques. Admittedly, I go back and forth on this matter each time it has been addressed, but deep down if I'm honest about my personal self-check, I'm less inclined to care about what happens to terrorists no more than I'd care what happens to a child molester or a cold blooded murderer.

    Sorry, folks. But that's just me being honest.
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    Re: CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children'

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    Well, I suppose it depends on how one defines "our own," and "destructive." I don't consider our policies in the Middle East to be destructive, because the attitudes of people who embrace savage violence have little value to me, or to you for that matter.

    Would you prefer a more pragmatic policy? The one that comes to mind is a return to Colonialism, which I favor.

    The fault in your thinking is common, and understandable. Being steeped in the benefits of a society that places at least substantial value on Rationality, you find it difficult to accept that there are societies which do not, at least by any standard that you'd recognize. (Fore instance, enslaving women and killing apostates seems quiote rational in other systems.)
    Oh, I know there are societies that base decisions on varying standards. I just don't care about them. They aren't our business. We aren't charged with bringing democracy, we're not in the business of liberation. People can fight for their own freedom if they want it. But the obvious destructive, interventionist policies we have pursued for the past 60 or so years has had many negative consequences. If we're interested in protecting our own, then you have to look at these consequences and understand how it plays into current plans. We were attacked on 9/11, we went into Afghanistan which I supported as that was a proper place to get terrorists. Without fully securing Afghanistan, we left to engage in a side war which had nothing to do with us and which has done nothing but play into the propaganda machine of the terrorists. We should understand that actions have consequences and figure out to the best of our abilities what those consequences could be so we can properly plan our actions. Running around playing world police isn't going to do anything but kill a bunch of Americans and waste a bunch of American money.
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    Re: CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Oh, I know there are societies that base decisions on varying standards. I just don't care about them. They aren't our business. . . .
    It appears to have escaped your attention, that while you do not consider savage nations to be your business, they most assuredly consider you theirs.

    Here's an excellent example in which John Adams and Thomas Jefferson attempted to negotiate an end to the depredations of the Barbary Pirates in 1786 with Tripoli's envoy to London.
    In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to negotiate with Tripoli's envoy to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman or (Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja). Upon inquiring "concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury", the ambassador replied:
    It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy's ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.
    LINK: [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War[/ame]

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