The current tsk tsking by some on whether to approve Gina Haspel as Director of the CIA reminds me of my post of August 7, 2014, which reflected on “Torture.” Let’s say your spouse, your two daughters, your son and your four grandchildren have been kidnapped by [insert your choice of “Bad Guys“]. Your family has been beaten and abused. Your daughters raped. A grandchild butchered. The rest are stuffed into an air-locked room. The air runs out in 12 hours. 11:59:59. 11:59:58.
One of the bad guys has been captured and knows where the air-locked room is. It’s 30 minutes away. Somewhere. The bad guy is seated in front of you. Tied to a chair. And when you ask him where the room is – he smirks and says %&#*x!. “Gimme water.” And he demands some food.
Now there are some who would shrug and go get a pitcher of water and a ham and cheese sandwich for the guy. “Not ham – lamb — you idiot. And don’t forget the chips. And Oreos.” But I’m sure that some of us, given a scenario that is this close to home, might narrow their eyes. And think how can I get this information? I must save my family. I heard Mr. Obama state casually that America had “tortured some folks” and that it’s “wrong.” I wonder if confronted by the above situation, Mr. Obama might react differently.
I’m not here to posit a moral judgment either way. But simply to raise the question. What would you do if your entire family had 12 hours to live? How far would you go? If you had the chance to save them. Or save someone else’s family? Using “enhanced interrogation.” What if you had the chance to save 3,300 people from being incinerated? A hundred thousand. It is a tough question until it walks in your door. And sits down at the table in front of you. Blood on his hands. Grins. And spits at you. What would YOU do? The clock is ticking. . . . .