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10 February 2008

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"I think the belief that philosophers are an elite, carriers of dangerous truths subversive to the social order, which can only be articulated to the fellow members of the elite in a kind of code, applied in his view to liberal societies, quite as much as others." DH


Dick Cheney:

“Just as we’ve monitored the communications of enemies at large, we’ve also gotten information out of the ones that we have captured. The military has interrogated terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay. And in addition, a small number of terrorists, high-value targets, held overseas have gone through an interrogation program run by the CIA. It’s a tougher program, for tougher customers. (Applause.) These include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11. He and others were questioned at a time when another attack on this country was believed to be imminent. It’s a good thing we had them in custody, and it’s a good thing we found out what they knew. (Applause.)”

Vice President's Remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC February 7th, 2008

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/02/20080207-11.html

The tougher program Cheney is touting is water-boarding. The same water-boarding described by a somber CIA Head Micheal Hayden, in recent testimony before Congress.

"We used it against these three detainees because of the circumstances at the time." Micheal Hayden

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7229169.stm

The official transcript notes the applause lines during Cheney’s presentation. “Applause” understates the audience enthusiasm for the rough stuff. They loved it. Rule of law? Not in this crowd. Such is the success of the sophistry infecting the salons of the haughty Straussians.

Cheney's speech was a cock of the walk strutting brag, a sure I did it, I’d do it again belligerence and contempt for the law. A thug's contempt.

Under this new theory of governance, laws bind only liberals, not the Machiavellian artisans who truly understand and wield power. Now, we’ve walked this slippery path to the point where Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Senior Editor can write:

“It's been a banner week for water-boarding.”

See:
Anybody's Guess: THE LEGALITY OF WATER-BOARDING AS WORK IN PROGRESS.

http://www.slate.com/id/2182348/

The crowd cheered.

"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind."
Hosea 8:7

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