November 6th, 2007
In his latest Special Comment, Keith Olbermann uses the case of Bush administration official Daniel Levin — who was fired for saying, based on his own experience, that waterboarding was torture — as a springboard for taking on Bush’s torture regime. Especially notable is that Olbermann postulates the irrelevance of all the discussion, by the American Psychological Association among others, of the “efficacy” of torture as an interrogation technique. As Olbermann sees it, the torture was used precisely because it would generate the sort of fantastical “terrorist plots” that were needed to coax the American public into acceptance of Bush’s authoritarian regime. At least Olbermann’s explanation makes sense as an explanation of the apparently pig-headed commitment to torture of this Administration.
Olbermann doesn’t spare those Democratic Senators who are about to put a torture-denier as Attorney General, responsible for the Department of Injustice: