Friday, November 18, 2005

Media uses senile source for attack on Bush

I started my first professional job one year after Stansfield Turner retired as the Director of the CIA in 1981. He apparently likes to be called Admiral Turner...well, while I think Turner had an impressive career, much of it in the military, however when you leave the Navy in 1977 it's probably a good idea to stop using the moniker in 2005! So here comes ITV, the largest commercial television network in the UK. They need (because they hadn't done one in several hours) to run an anti-Bush piece. So they're happy to enlist the 82 year old Admiral that retired from a position to have a clue about what a president thinks 24 years ago. ITV of course doesn't question that, they believe this is a solidly researched piece, which says:

The former spymaster claims President Bush is not telling the truth when he says that torture is not a method used by the US. Speaking of Bush's claims that the US does not use torture, Admiral Turner, who ran the CIA from 1977 to 1981, said: "I do not believe him".

On Dick Cheney he said "I'm embarrassed the United States has a vice president for torture. "He condones torture, what else is he?".

Gee, so I guess having run the CIA 24 years ago gives you the ability to read minds (a common skill among the no-facts liberals) since the suggestion is that this is in fact true based on our geriatric Admiral's belief? Ya, nice vetting of this story! Grandpa also apparently is up to speed on the other leak of the day of supposed "black sites"...I suppose the Admiral knew back in the 1970's that someday we would need these in Afghanistan and Pakistan so he setup them up. How else would he know and speak about these unless it's true?

Ok, I don't know if sailer boy is senile (and sorry to my dad for all the old guy jokes) but I'm pretty sure that since Turner has been no friend of the Bush Whitehouse he has no inside track. And if there is someone still alive in the CIA he knows and they're leaking evidence of Bush and Cheney condoning anything that is really considered torture of prisoners that communication would be a crime. So should some prosecutor have a talk with the Admiral?

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