This is just embarrassing. But at this point, what choice do I have? Here’s Mark Levin again, who openly admits he hasn’t read a single one of the government reports on abuse and torture. Here’s his latest repetition:

[Sullivan] says he linked to several government reports. He did in an earlier post, which I addressed, i.e., that they deal almost exclusively with Abu Ghraib, which has nothing to do with the debate about allegations of systemic torture involving unlawful enemy combatants. Andrew wishes Abu Ghraib had relevance to this debate, but it does not.

Let’s just look at the titles of the actual reports. The Taguba Report is an “Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade.” That brigade operated at Abu Ghraib, but also, according to the report, “Camp Bucca, Camp Ahraf … and High Value Complex/Camp Cropper.” The Schlesinger Report’s title is “Final Report of the Independent Panel To Review DoD Detention Operations.” It deals with much more than Abu Ghraib. It’s a vast report on policies and “leadership failures” across every theater of combat. It’s ok if Levin doesn’t want to examine any of the evidence. It’s another thing when he accuses those of us who have of lying or misrepresenting what is in the public domain. Levin goes on:

He threw up a flurry of news stories, including one reporting on secret prisons in Europe (which has nothing at all to do with torture). By looney links I meant not that the sources themselves were looney, but the use of them was looney since they are not evidence. Perhaps I should have been more clear.

The Washington Post story Levin refers to specifically pointed to the fact that these secret sites were authorized to use waterboarding. The evidence in the Danner book contains every single government memo relating to detention policies, all the official government reports, and dozens of depositions of detainees. The reports are also the first to use the term “migration” of torture policies from Gitmo to Iraq. I didn’t come up with that idea. The government did. Last time I checked, this kind of thing is considered “evidence.” Levin has no idea what he is talking about and is allowed by National Review to charge those who do with lying.

COLD CELLS: Lowry wants my view on “cold cells:” creating freezing rooms where water is constantly doused on naked prisoners to induce near-death hypothermia. He wants to know if I think it’s torture. No reasonable person would ask such a question. Of course it’s a form of torture. Which is why it’s banned under U.S. law and in the Army Field Manual. The illegal acts authorized by the president are one reason he is trying to negotiate immunity for the crimes that he has instigated. If it weren’t torture, he wouldn’t be seeking immunity. By the way, don’t you think it’s odd that the theocons at NRO have yet to note the Pope’s condemnation of torture? Actually, not odd at all.


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