I watched several talking heads this past weekend expound in two areas that I felt crossed the line in presenting opinion versus fact. First there was a discussion regarding the release of the CIA memoranda concerning interrogation techniques used in the past against captured terrorists to extract information that allegedly kept our country safe from another 9/11 attack. Whether that is true is hard to confirm but we do know that there were no post 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. We do know that these aggressive techniques, including water boarding, have not been used since 2003.
Now, President Obama has decreed that these memos be made public over the serious objection of the current CIA Director Leon Panetta and four of his immediate predecessors. The rationale expounded by the talking heads supporting the President’s decision went along these lines.