Monday, March 22, 2010

Fact Check: The facts do not check ...

Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, and Marc Thiessen (author).
[Artwork grabbed from The New Yorker]

The story unfolds this way according to a fine article by Jane Mayer at The New Yorker as she writes in part:

"Marc Thiessen wrote a book, "Courting Disaster" that has the subtitle “How the C.I.A. Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack.”

"Thiessen writes and offers a relentless defense of the Bush Administration’s interrogation policies, which, according to many critics, sanctioned torture and yielded no appreciable intelligence benefit. In addition, Thiessen attacks the Obama Administration for having banned techniques such as water boarding. “Americans could die as a result.”

Mayer continues: "Yet Thiessen is better at conveying fear than at relaying the facts. His account of the foiled Heathrow plot, for example, is “completely and utterly wrong,” according to Peter Clarke, who was the head of Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorism branch in 2006."

Read the rest from Mayer here and also some here from Talking Points Memo.

The bottom line is this: Jane Mayer is an excellent and top-notch reporter who knows this issue from top to bottom. She has reported and written extensively about torture. Marc Thiessen is trying to sell a book and prop up Cheney and Bush and a few others along the way. He uses fear and his own ego and a total lack of knowledge and apparently facts, too, not only about "water boarding (torture)" but about much of anything at all dealing with the rules of land warfare or American laws. He believes torture works and that it keeps us safe and free. Nothing could be further from the truth.

People like Marc Thiessen need to be exposed for what they are: liars and sinister exaggerators.

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