August 04, 2008
The First Thing Mr. Cheney Would Do

I’m not making the claim that it confers upon him the status of a student of the great one, but Think Progress quotes Jane Meyer, who quotes Mr. Cheney in her new book, The Dark Side:

By the end of 2005, those defending the regime of torture were no longer seeking primarily to protect the search for valuable intelligence. They were fighting for its survival, in the face of considerable evidence of the failure of SERE and other programs, because they feared being prosecuted should the program be halted and exposed.

Even releasing detainees whom they knew to be entirely innocent was dangerous, since once released they could talk. “People will ask where they’ve been and ‘What have you been doing with them?‘” Cheney said in a White House meeting. “They’ll all get lawyers.”

[And let me ask by way of addendum to this post, has anyone else lost access to Wikileaks.org? I’ve tried all their mirrors and cannot access the site. Is this location related or are they shut down?]

[Addendum 2: I tried to find the answer to the Wikileaks question last night, but was able to retrieve the information just now from a blog which critiques Wikileaks. I have also found that Wikileaks is indeed offline. I have noticed that they are posting a great deal of classified material and I’ve been reluctant to bite those apples under the theory that too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing. I urge everyone who may be thinking of offering documents to Wikileaks to consider the information contained at the website at this link before doing so. At any rate, they are offline, which isn't unusual, but no one seems to know why. If you do, please post it.]

[Addendum 3: The website referred to above just reported that Wikileaks is back online. I tried all day yesterday and today, but it's apparent, as I’m sure Peter would agree, that the audience for Bad Attitudes extends far beyond our borders. Ask and ye shall receive (sometimes anyway).]


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Posted by Buck Batard at August 04, 2008 06:40 PM
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It took over a minute to load, but I got Wikileaks. Here's their opening paragraph:

The Wiki is overloaded with readers rendering it a little slow for the moment. The issues are being addressed and will be sorted out as soon as possible, most likely within the next days. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Please stay patient and consider helping to avoid such problems in the future by donating via Wikileaks:Donate. Thank you very much.
Posted by: Chuck Dupree on August 5, 2008 12:43 AM
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