Intelligence director nominee on torture: “not moral, legal or effective”

President Barack Obama’s choice for national intelligence director, Retired Adm. Dennis Blair, is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee on his nomination. In prepared comments, Blair advocates the closing of the jail at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, calling it “a damaging symbol to the world.” Blair also described torture as “not moral, legal or effective.” Read the Associated Press story by Pamela Hess here.

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  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 01/22/2009 - 03:38 pm.

    There is still great concern among Bush administration members that if we release all those now imprisoned in Guantanamo, some of the “worst of the worst” will be turned loose to plot against us once again.

    These prisoners have been held for 5 or 6 years with what must have seemed like no hope for charges or justice or a fair trial or release ever. Why would releasing them now, with our sincerest apologies and financial support, make them MORE likely to want to harm us?

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