Feb
01
2009

Obama embraces torture.

[UPDATE, 05/08/2009] Welcome, Instapundit readers. I went into the Pelosi thing somewhat more bluntly here.

I told you.

I damned well told you.

Rendition is back, you pro-torturing, posturing, hypocritical Leftist fools:

Obama preserves renditions as counter-terrorism tool
The role of the CIA’s controversial prisoner-transfer program may expand, intelligence experts say.

Under executive orders issued by Obama recently, the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the United States.

Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said that the rendition program might be poised to play an expanded role going forward because it was the main remaining mechanism — aside from Predator missile strikes — for taking suspected terrorists off the street.

The rendition program became a source of embarrassment for the CIA, and a target of international scorn, as details emerged in recent years of botched captures, mistaken identities and allegations that prisoners were turned over to countries where they were tortured.

[snip]

But the Obama administration appears to have determined that the rendition program was one component of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism that it could not afford to discard.

And when I say “back” I mean that it’s going to become the damned default option for detainees.  You howled when we tried to go with an unlawful detainee designation to handle these cases; you shrieked when we set up Gitmo;  and you’d whine if we shot them out of hand.  The only thing left is to hand these sons of bitches over to countries without our Bill of Rights and hope that this is enough.

There’s a big hole in the ground in Manhattan that says that it won’t be.  But back to the matter at hand:

  • Mark Kleiman.  Obama supporter? Then you are now officially pro-torture.
  • Andrew Sullivan.  Obama supporter?  Then you are now officially pro-torture.
  • Hillary* Bok.  Obama supporter?  Then you are now officially pro-torture.
  • Glenn Greenwald.  Obama supporter?  Then you are now officially pro-torture.
  • Kevin Drum.  Obama supporter?  Then you are now officially pro-torture.
  • Duncan Black.  Obama supporter?  Then you are now officially pro-torture.
  • Markos Moulitsas.  Obama supporter?  Then you are now officially pro-torture.
  • Jerome Armstrong.  Obama supporter?  Then you are now officially pro-torture.
  • Matt Stoller.  Obama supporter?  Then you are now officially pro-torture.
  • All the damned rest of you on the Online Left.  Every single one of you who supported Obama.  You are now officially pro-torture.

Remember that when – not “if”; “when” – we get the first stories of somebody handed off to… probably Libya, at this rate; it’s precisely the sort of stupid choice you’d see from too-self-aware-of-their-own-smartness people – and wired up to a car battery.  You voted for this.  You made this happen.  You were the change that you believed in.  You were warned.

And I’ll sleep like a baby.  That’s because I voted for the other guy.

Moe Lane

PS: You may take my refusal to link to the above sites as the calculated insult that it is.

Crossposted at RedState.

*I had it pointed out that the name was wrong.  Silly me.

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