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Fri Dec 26, 2014, 08:37 AM

 

The Progressive: Torture, Drones, and Hollywood: A Former CIA Operative Talks

http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/12/187945/torture-drones-and-hollywood-former-cia-operative-talks

Baer: I donít trust American intelligence. You look at the torture report from the Senate: People inside the CIA are saying that it doesnít work, and weíre getting the information not from torture, but simply from questioning people.

The effectiveness of the program was exaggerated in the Senate, House and White House, as well, so as an organization I donít think you should trust the CIA on this. And when [CIA Director John] Brennan comes out and gives that lukewarm endorsement of torture it told me the whole storyĖĖhe didnít flat-out say it saved lives. Thatís how it was presented around [Washington].

And I donít trust them on drones. When they say itís broken the back of Al-Qaeda, I really doubt that. Weíve probably sown chaos with drones, killed lots of innocent people. But we certainly didnít bring an end to war. The intent of assassination is to avoid war and preserve force, neither of which we have done. We are deeper into the Middle East than when we started.

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Our armed presence in the Middle East hasnít made us safer. Itís our armed presence in the Middle East that has led to 9/11. When we get involved in the Middle East we always make things worse. . . On 9/11 Sweden wasnít attacked, we were, because we intervened. Our intervention in Iraq and Syria is making Israel less safe.

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Fri Dec 26, 2014, 09:22 AM

1. THIS:

"I truly believe that if torture had worked and there was a case to be made for it, we would see that on the front pages of the American press. "

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