So on Fox News Sunday Michael Hayden, President Bush’s last CIA director from 2006 to 2009, said releasing the memos outlining terror interrogation methods emboldened terrorist groups such as al Qaeda. Well, there are a few issues I have with Mr. Hayden. First off, I am not a big fan of "Blind Loyalty", but, I am even less of a fan of "Blind DISloyalty". As a very high level appointee, albeit not a Cabinet position, of the former President it is unseemly for him to be so blatently spreading this fear mongering bile in an attempt to smear President Obama and make his and his former bosses’ illegal acts appear critical in preventing some catastrophe. However, it certainly isn’t surprising considering the way the former VP has been behaving in his first 100 days since leaving office. That said, let’s actually look at his "logic".
First let’s look at the Emergency Case situation, also often referred to as the "Ticking Timebomb" scenario. I think you know what I mean, “Suppose a bomb has been planted somewhere where it will kill many people if it goes off. Suppose we have the bomber in custody, the bomber refuses to say where the bomb is. We have no other way of either locating the bomb or safely removing people from the vicinity of the bomb. Should we torture the bomber to locate the bomb?" Continue reading Torture? What Should We Be Willing To Do To Save Lives?