- The Washington Times - Monday, August 31, 2009


Much of the CIA inspector general’s report focuses on the interrogation of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, suspected mastermind of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks (“Interrogators got results, could face charges,” Page 1, Tuesday). I find it hard to work up a lot of sympathy for them. But this is a nation of laws, not of men. That is the notion of American exceptionalism, and we ignore it at our peril.

There is no finding in the report that indicates that any data extracted by torture could not have been obtained another way. The CIA officers involved may never be prosecuted or convicted: The trail is seven years cold, evidence could be missing and witnesses unreliable. But the people who justified what they were doing are on the lecture circuit and writing books for large advances. There’s no justice in that.



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