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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Criticism of secret service torture hypocritical

The CIA torture practices against presumed terrorists were well known to everyone in political Washington, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes writes, showing little sympathy with the sudden outcry at the revelations: "Not only the current governing Republicans but also many Democrats voiced agreement that after 9/11 there could be no chumming up with terrorists. When the CIA informed Congress, including Democrats, of the results of the interrogations, no one raised their voice in protest. Until Obama banned torture in 2009 the accepted view was that it had saved many innocent lives. ... Unpleasant questions still persist: what to do when terrorists seize a plane full of people and try to use it as a weapon of destruction? Shoot it down, even if that means killing all the passengers on board? What a fine world we lived in when such questions didn't demand answers. But that world no longer exists."

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