CIA director Leon Panetta implied Sunday that the “reality of 9/11” excused the unconstitutional and criminal acts of the Bush administration:
The country was frightened, and political leaders were trying to respond as best they could. Judgments were made. Some of them were wrong.
Panetta makes it sound like all of the illegal decisions were made after 9/11, in response to that horrific event.
But as I’ve previously pointed out:
- The Patriot Act was written before 9/11
- The Afghanistan war was planned before 9/11
- The decision to launch the Iraq war was made before 9/11
- The decision to launch a war against Iran was made before 9/11
- Cheney advocated strengthening the powers of the White House to the point of monarchy before 9/11
In addition, while the decision to torture appears to have been made after 9/11, it appears to have been made for the purpose of creating a false linkage between Iraq and 9/11 in order to justify the Iraq war. In other words, the post-9/11 decision to torture appears to have been made to rationalize the pre-9/11 decision to invade Iraq.
Moreover, it was known long before 9/11 that torture doesn’t work to produce accurate intelligence.