"Headquarters was sending daily harangues, cables, e-mails insisting that waterboarding continue for 30 days because another attack was believed to be imminent," the former official said. "Headquarters said it would be on the team's back if an attack happened. They said to the interrogation team, 'You've lost your spine.' "Dick Cheney is evil, but at least he hasn't tried to avoid responsibility for what he did. There is something disgusting about this constant buck-passing, in which nobody claims responsibility for decisions that just sort of happened. This is the "banality of evil" in action.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Meanwhile, in Washington
The CIA interrogators who waterboarded Abu Zubaida have been engaged in covering their behinds, by passing blame down, to a small group of contractors who pushed for torture, and up, to headquarters, which, they say, hounded them to get tough and accused them of being spineless when they questioned the wisdom of torturing Zubaida: