Jose Rodriguez Jr. is proud that he tortured

Charles Pierce has a nice write-up on the interview of Jose Rodriguez on 60 Minutes:

The sociopath is touring a book, Hard Measures, wherein he explains that we all likely would be dead if a bunch of pet lawyers in the Bush Administration hadn’t greenlighted his efforts to drag the country down to into the cellars of the Lubyanka. He will make a nice piece of change on this book, which, thanks in part to the efforts of this administration, he never will have to spend on lawyers.
He includes some of the disgusting things Rodriguez says, but my favorite is this:

Lesley Stahl: You have some people out there who were taken to black sites. They were subjected to terrible treatment. And they hadn’t done anything. I mean they were taken mistakenly. They disappeared. What about them?

Jose Rodriguez: No doubt when you are involved in complicated covert action programs like this one, that some mistakes will be made.

There are two ways that this is so terrible. First, he is unconcerned that innocent people were tortured. Also, this was not a mistake:

The initial panicked rush to “round up prisoners,” which was replicated in Iraq during the first months of the insurgency in the summer and fall of 2003, led to what Wilkerson calls an “ad hoc intelligence philosophy” developed to “justify keeping many of these people, called the mosaic philosophy.”

Simply stated, this philosophy held that it did not matter if a detainee were innocent. Indeed, because he lived in Afghanistan and was captured on or near the battle area, he must know something of importance…. All that was necessary was to extract everything possible from him and others like him, assemble it all in a computer program, and then look for cross-connections and serendipitous incidentals—in short, to have sufficient information about a village, a region, or a group of individuals, that dots could be connected and terrorists or their plots could be identified.

Thus, as many people as possible had to be kept in detention for as long as possible to allow this philosophy of intelligence gathering to work. The detainees’ innocence was inconsequential.

And remember that one of the main reasons that people were tortured was to find an al-Qaeda link to Iraq. Thanks to Bush and Obama, nothing will happen to these lovely people who disgraced the US.

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