"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Back to School

Not surprisingly, the Catholic left is having fits over the President's veto of the Surrendercrats attempt to restrict our Intel folks from using anything beyond the Army Field Manual tactics for interrogation of the enemy.

The complaint from these people is odd: they appear to advocate imposition of the Army Field Manual techniques on all our Intel operatives. But oddly, they appear ignorant that the Field Manual itself allows for many techniques that the Fifth Columnists would dissaprove of, such as sensory stressors and inducing fear in the captured enemy (i.e., anything beyond the "golden rule" standard: we can do nothing to the enemy that we would not want done to one of our captured military).

Nevertheless, the lack of logic is what astounds: the Left assumes that if the Intel community is not bound to the Army regs, it follows that torture in all forms is being authorized. But as a strict matter of logic, to refuse to bind the Intel people to the Army regs is not to authorize the Intel community to engage in prohibited acts of torture.

This error assumes that the Army Manual regs encompass the entire universe of non-torture interrogation techniques, and therefore any non-Army Manual regs interrogation methods are ipso facto torture. But that implicit conflation of all permissible methods with the Army Manual methods is unproven.

But BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) quickly crowds out logic and reason, especially when the topic is interrogation of terrorists.

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