|Subject:||"We do not 'torture'."|
Watch yesterday's White House press briefing. It's breathtaking. Dana Perino categorically refuses to define "torture" — she simply repeats Bush's line, "We do not torture." And in response to requests for any kind of information, she immediately jumps to a false dichotomy, saying that it would be absurd to "tell exactly Al Qaeda what we're going to do".
And why were those memos secret? Her non-answer answer: "One of the reasons they are secret is because they need to be— they need to be cloaked in the classified system so that we can keep that information private."
1. I hope reporters will ask Perino why she is unable to tell the difference:
- between giving Congressmembers with clearances a classified briefing and "telling everybody"
- between giving a definition of "torture" and giving a list of specific interrogation techniques
- between explaining how the Intelligence Committee was briefed, and revealing the actual contents of the briefing