Not only was former President George W. Bush criticized for "authorizing torture," his critics argued that "torture doesn't work." During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama said: "Torture is how you get bad information, not good intelligence. ... No more secret authorization of methods like simulated drowning. When I am President, America will once again be the country that stands up...
Larry -- Another excellent editorial. If Hellyweed were required to be honest and forthcoming in their depictions of clandestine government conspiracies, both real and imagined, along with a country and its military while under conservative rule, they would never get anything else done. I think back to all the Hellyweed epics of famous gunslingers and murderers, and how they were made to look like victims of circumstance and otherwise good guys caught up in a bad situation -- all because the big name actor playing them couldn't be made to look like a cold-blooded killer. Wouldn't be good for their reputation or future box office success. "Artistic license" is a science in southern Cal. Especially when depicting conservatives in power.
In "Zero Dark Thirty," the movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, one of the first scenes shows a terrorist being waterboarded, where useful information gets extracted. The movie thus asserts the controversial practice leads to actionable intelligence.
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