Tuesday, June 13, 2006


The Pentagon released today that it would not be keeping some interrogation techniques in the Army's revised Field Manual classified. Yup, read that again: we're going to be handing all of our legal interrogation techniques directly over to al-Qaeda. Don't believe me? Check out this little gem from a DefenseLink story in 2004..."A manual captured in Afghanistan showed the terrorists were aware of the interrogation procedures and trained to resist those procedures." This was one of the primary reasons for approval of additional interrogation techniques: terrorists are well aware of our current unclassified interrogation techniques and are trained to resist them. So now that we've added new interrogation methods, we are going to forgo the middleman and deliver them right into al-Qaeda's hands. Un-frickin'-believable. I guess no one at DoD has gotten the memo about that new-fangled Internet thing yet.

The best part of the story is the quote from Human Rights Watch: ""I think this is huge," said Elisa Massimino, Washington director of Human Rights First. "It's a very significant step toward creating the kind of clarity in the rules that military personnel have said that they lack and that led to a lot of the abuses."" Explain to me how making this information public has anything to do with military personnel. Oh, that's right, it doesn't. Military personnel could still have gotten "the kind of clarity in the rules" that they need with this manual classified. But because of HRW's, among others, constant harping on the military and the Administration, we get this.

People just don't get it: ANYTHING that is open-source will be picked up and used by these whack-jobs. I can't emphasize this enough. If you put it on the internet, or write about it in a magazine, THEY WILL SEE IT.