Letters to the Editor

CIA torture report, energy efficiency

Biased CIA report: $40 million

Re “The harsh truth on CIA torture finally comes out” (Editorials, Dec. 10) and “CIA’s interrogations vicious, ineffective, Senate panel says” (Page A1, Dec. 10): The article was published as truth, based on the so-called torture report written by agenda-driven Senate Democrat staffers hoping to curry favor with their bosses.

The report was released despite objections from the departments of Defense, State and Intelligence. There are volumes of evidence refuting much of the report, yet The Bee’s editorial board publishes its opinion based on the one-sided hit piece.

This is shoddy journalism at best, and the public deserves better. Maybe you should opine on how this biased and incomplete report cost the taxpayers $40 million and didn’t interview even one person who was involved.

Stan Frazer, Folsom

Republicans saw a hatchet job

Buried toward the end of the article on the release of the CIA interrogation report was the fact that no Republican senators or Senate Intelligence Committee staffers participated in preparing this $40 million example of wasteful spending by Democrats.

The Republicans clearly saw a hatchet job coming when the investigation did not interview any CIA leaders or personnel but relied only on top-secret cables, emails, reports, photographs and other documents.

And former CIA leaders – including Democrat Leon Panetta – and current head John Brennan have refuted many of the report’s one-sided findings and said that the enhanced interrogation techniques did, in fact, provide key intelligence on al-Qaida and its terrorist plots.

Had intelligence gathered by waterboarding prevented the real terror of seeing people jump out of windows to their death from the World Trade Center on 9/11, I doubt there would be much discussion of interrogation methods now.

Remember, terrorists probably don’t use waterboarding or other enhanced techniques. They just behead their prisoners and murder their opponents.

John Schleimer, Roseville

Humane code protects troops

The safety of our troops depends on how we react as a country to the torture report.

It is inevitable in the course of war that some of our troops will be captured by the enemy. If we expect the enemy to maintain some basic standard of treatment of those Americans, we need to do the same.

We need to show we believe that all humans have value regardless of how much their beliefs and actions offend us, just as after World War II when we gave the Nazis we arrested the dignity of a public trial.

If America does not set a high moral standard, who will?

The Geneva Convention on treatment of prisoners is not some bleeding-heart human rights conspiracy. It was established to protect the soldiers on the firing line who put themselves out for their leaders and country.

Alan Hirsch, Davis

Interrogations were barbaric

I am shocked and angered by the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogations.

How could our government, which sent nearly 4,500 of our soldiers to their deaths in Iraq, telling them that they were going there to promote democracy, have committed such barbaric acts? I think it is a dishonor to their memory, and their sacrifices.

Evil deeds of this nature were not unusual in Hitler’s Nazi Germany, or in the Soviet Union under Stalin, but in the U.S.? I, as an American citizen, am feeling a sense of shame and disgust.

Carlos de la Fuente, Newcastle

U.S. shouldn’t sponsor torture

Although I believe God gives every person talents, and that each person has work to do in this life, I don’t believe torture is one of those talents.

Any job for which the employment requirements include sadism should not be sponsored and paid for by my government. I am ashamed to be a U.S. citizen. It seems time we gave up crowing about freedom and justice.

Peter Rodman, Sacramento

California helpless on climate

Re “Jobs in energy efficiency” (Letters, Dec. 10): California is a ship of fools. We allow our politicians to convince us we can halt global warming. To do this, they will tax fuels and energy suppliers, then pour that money down a black hole for their own causes.

The Earth has been warming since the peak of the last ice age, long before man controlled fire or built cars. Glaciers covered this state and disappeared long before man had any effect on the Earth’s natural warming. I was taught this science in elementary school in the late 1950s.

The warming will continue no matter what we do.

Maybe we should attempt to slow the rotation of Earth or decrease its time to orbit the sun. That would make as much sense. Take a look at a globe and see what a speck California is compared the massive polluting countries around us.

Will this speck make any difference? Doubtful. But let’s tax ourselves into oblivion to give us a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Larry Throop, Citrus Heights


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