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I, too, have questioned the reference to global attitudes about torture. I thought that Brian made the reference, not Mark Danner -- wrong? Nonetheless, found the June 2008 World Public Opinion project by Univ MD, but the numbers don't jive. What is the source?
Yes, what do the Palestinians and Iranians think?
The provocateur provokes more comments here than the dimwit...
Addressing Mr. Danner's errors, omissions and obfuscations:
1. He bases his arguments on the fantasies of our enemies, such as their belief that they defeated a superpower in afghanistan. Not only had that supposed "superpower' collapse under it's own bureaucracy under a decade later, but the US (a real superpower) had greatly assisted the insurgents against the Soviets.
2. Neglected to explain the rationale for the press to leak the locations of the secret prisons. If you had done that during WWII, Roosevelt would have prosecuted you for treason. FYI, this is why conservatives consider some liberals traitors.
3. He omitted to mention the irony: The people he polled opposing torture (Palestinians, Iranians, etc) routinely publicly execute or torture to death gays and apostates.
4. Dirty bomber Jose Padilla could not be prosecuted for the charge of conspiring to release a dirty bomb because federal courts have discovery rules that would have compromised classified intel methods and sources. Holder has not learned much from this case.
I'm curious to know how much harm we've done with weapons sales to the groups and governments we back in the countries where we fight - physically or by proxy. not sure if your guest can comment.
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