Thursday, January 31, 2013

Slate with must-read article on enhanced interrogation and waterboarding

The article does much to clarify certain issues that very many people continue to get wrong, such as the notion that waterboarding was used as an attempt to directly acquire intelligence information.

Did “enhanced interrogation techniques” help us find Osama Bin Laden and destroy al-Qaida? Were they torture? Were they wrong? Yesterday, three former CIA officials grappled with those questions in a forum at the American Enterprise Institute. The discussion was supposed to be about Zero Dark Thirty. But it was really a chance to see in person the thinking of the people who ran and justified the detainee interrogation program. It’s also a chance to examine our own thinking.
Read it.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Nifty Music: "The New Collisions"

Okay, so I'm late with the "discovery" and the group has already changed its name (not as memorable or I'd remember it), but this is good rockin' pop music.