Governing and torturing in secret

Page from heavily redacted torture document from the CIA

Check out this CIA Office of the Inspector General review of the CIA’s interrogation and detention program (PDF). It doesn’t get much more redacted than that.

Democracy cannot function if the public is kept in the dark about the government’s workings. There are legitimate reasons for secrecy when it comes to national defense. For instance, I don’t think the government should make public the exact locations of our troops in combat zones.

The argument for keeping these ‘interrogation’ techniques secret is that terrorists will be unable to prepare for them. Something about that doesn’t ring true. In any case, we already know that the United States has waterboarded prisoners in contravention of national and international law. As far as I know, no one – except for the prisoners – has paid the price for those human rights abuses. It’s not a stretch to think that this information is being kept secret because the rest of it is just as illegal or worse than waterboarding.

Under those circumstances don’t justice and the rule of law demand that this information finds the light of day?

h/t ACLU blog

One Comment

  1. Ian

    Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for John McCain! He promises to turn the corner and never again stand against torture. Hey, its not like he can end up a POW again, right? I mean he is a war hero cause he went through that stuff. All future Presidents should have to suffer some torture, it makes men out of them. Puts hair on the chest. Did Obama or Clinton get tortured? I don’t think so. F’in pansies.