Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has said some pretty outrageous things, but in Saturday’s Republican debate, she may have outdone herself. If Rep. Bachmann is to be believed, President Obama is allowing the American Civil Liberties Union to run the Central Intelligence Agency.
Oh how I wish this were true.
This latest unhinged statement was prompted by a question to Herman Cain, who was asked whether he would allow torture as policy if he were elected president. Cain gave conflicting answers, including an embrace of waterboarding that received wide audience approval. But Bachmann was not going to be outdone.
If the ACLU were in charge of the CIA, it’s safe to say the practice of indefinite detention would come to an end. If the ACLU were in charge of the CIA it is safe to say the ongoing practice of extraordinary rendition would end. And if the ACLU were in charge of the CIA then the issue of whether or not waterboarding constituted torture would be moot.
With the current field of Republican nominees one expects a certain enthusiastic embrace of unchecked executive power, but to suggest that the Obama administration has gone “soft” on terror is flatly absurd. Instead, the Obama administration has demonstrated a troubling enthusiasm for continuing the failed policies of the Bush administration, proving the maxim that once rights are ceded they are nearly impossible to get back.
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