In a long and excellent post about torture and the Bush administration, Dan Froomkin compares a recent story in the Washington Post and the same facts reported three years ago by Ron Suskind in his book The One Percent Doctrine. The front page story in Sunday’s Washington Post
reported that “not a single significant plot was foiled” as a result of Zubaida’s brutal treatment — and that, quite to the contrary, his false confessions “triggered a series of alerts and sent hundreds of CIA and FBI investigators scurrying in pursuit of phantoms.”
Essentially, torture was being demanded and even directed from the highest levels of the government, and, in spite of the fact that it produced useless information, the administration kept pretending and justifying what they were doing. With the mainstream media essentially ignoring the facts Suskind reported, Bush was able to keep pretending successes he never had. And finally, in the last week, the Washington Post has caught up with Suskind. The Froomkin piece raises almost as many problems with the failures of the media as it does with the failures of the Bush administration.
h/t Brad DeLong.