Open Thread: CIA, Torture, Cheney, Clusterfucktastrophe

I don't even know where to begin, so I'm just going to open it up for discussion.

Recommended Reading:

Source Material: The Released Documents That Cheney Claimed Would Vindicate Bush-Era Torture Policies

Spencer: CIA Withheld Medical Information from the Justice Department to Obtain Torture Approvals

Glenn: What Every American Should Be Made to Learn About the IG Torture Report

Marcy: Cheney's Cherry-Pick

Steve concludes: "Dick Cheney's claims haven't stood up well to scrutiny. Imagine that." Exactly.

I can't say it often or strongly enough: All of these people need to be investigated and, if (ahem) the investigation turns up war crimes, they need to be prosecuted.

Jeremy Scahill was on Real Time with Bill Maher last week, and made exactly the right point:
[Starting at 1:08] How can Secretary Clinton go to Kenya and say, "Well, we need to have accountability for past crimes" there, when we can't hold our own torturers accountable, and Obama says, "Let's look forward, not backward." You prevent future torture by prosecuting past acts of torture.
Yes. Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," and the same is true for those who do not acknowledge, atone for, and learn from the past, too.

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