Terrorists Continue Their Elusive Ways

The CIA suspects that bin Laden is located somewhere in this area

CIA Director Porter Goss gave a rare interview  yesterday, appearing on ABC's 'Good Morning America' to defend the agency's debriefings (not torture!) of unnamed enemy combatants at secret prisons which may or may not exist.

Goss wouldn't discuss the nature of these undefined debriefing techniques used against unknown prisoners at undisclosed locations, but he did give a mighty fine definition of torture, which, by the way, the agency does not do.

" I define torture probably the way most people would in the eye of the beholder. What we do does not come close because torture in terms of inflicting pain or something like that, physical pain or causing a disability, those kinds of things that probably would be a common definition for most Americans, sort of you know it when you see it, we don't do that because it doesn't get what you want."

Clear enough for you? And don't forget who the only beholders are in this case - the, uh... debriefers...

ABC Interviewer Charles Gibson also got Goss to talk a little bit about why the CIA hasn't been able to locate certain 'individuals of interest', such as Osama bin Laden or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

"Well, primarily because they don't want us to find them, and they're going to great lengths to make sure we don't find them."

Those crafty devils! We can't find them because they're hiding from us! But don't worry because as Goss tells us (or actually doesn't tell us, in that inimitable way of his)

"I don't want to get into the depth and the details, but we know a good deal more about bin Laden and Zarqawi and Zawahiri than we're able to say publicly."

Oh. Like what? Their shoe size?


2005, Mark Hoback