April 29, 2009

When the headline doesn't match the article

From the NYT regarding torture used by the Bush Administration...

Banned Techniques Yielded ‘High Value Information,’ Memo Says

Here's what the memo actually says...

“High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday. ... “I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past,” he wrote, “but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.” ... “The information gained from these techniques was valuable in some instances, but there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means,” Admiral Blair said in a written statement issued last night. “The bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security.",/div>

Just sayin', for those asshats out there who will seize on this as a vindication of the policies created by the Bush Administration.

Posted by mcblogger at April 29, 2009 02:02 PM

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