|No torture, ever|
|Written by Peter Johnston|
|Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:30|
Just in case you thought I no longer had an eye on what is going on in the USA after Obama's election: My heart flipped with joy this evening when checking The Salon to see that John Brennan has sent a letter to Barack Obama confirming that he will withdraw from consideration for either the post as head of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) or DNI (Director of National Intelligence). His name had been leaked as the most likely candidate to take up one of these posts. Undoubtedly he has huge experience in aspects of terrorism, but, and this is very important, he also was a keen supporter of "enhanced interrogation techniques" also known as torture. (There's more...)
Obama had been very clear on his stance against the use of torture: that it was beneath the USA to use such abhorrent methods, and so his leaning towards Brennan was mystifying and for many somewhat troubling, as most of Obama's other picks for key posts have been excellent.
With Brennan stepping away under a firestorm of complaints from the left-wing politicos in the USA perhaps Obama can make good and choose someone who does not want to continue to keep torture as an option on the table. That is my prayer.