EIT = elsewhere it’s torture

Previously I pointed out how John Brennan used nouns during his confirmation hearings to become CIA Director to obfuscate his activities concerning “enhanced interrogation techniques.”  Today he tried to take us further from the truth by repeatedly referring to these methods as EITs:

We have not concluded that it was the use of EITs within that program that allowed us to obtain useful information from detainees subjected to them. The cause-and-effect relationship between the use of EITs and useful information subsequently provided by the detainee, is, in my view, unknowable.

He did so as part of an even more curious defense of water-boarding and similar methods of hurting and terrorizing people.  Whereas the Senate Committee report clearly states its view that these methods did not yield any useful information, Brennan claims in the above quote that you just can’t say whether they did or didn’t.

To torture is to torture.  To lie is to lie.  No matter how many abstract nouns and acronyms you use to pretend that you are not saying what you are saying.


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