I heard a snippet of an interview today about the new investigations of the CIA by the Department of Justice. The reporter asked some guy what he thought the effect might be on counter-terrorism operations abroad.
There will be a chilling effect, definitely. These people [being investigated for abuse of prisoners, torture, etc.] thought they were following the policy, orders…
Not his exact words, but close. Let’s hope there’s a chilling effect! We need it! Yes, do your job without torturing people, imprisoning them on flimsy suspicions, and stop “rendering” them to foreign countries willing to beat them to death to do us a favor of keeping our hands clean.
Let’s demand that our gallant defenders of our liberty stop and think a bit about what they are doing in secret rooms, and not feel free to run amok because they can use the old excuse, “I was just following orders…”