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Letter: Gina Haspel crossed the line in running a torture camp

Haspel crossed the line
in running a torture camp
Sadly, CIA Director Gina Haspel’s actions running a U.S. torture camp were quite legal at the time. Her “just followed orders” defense had been succinctly explained by an earlier war defendant, charged with torture and killings who said, “I am guilty of having been obedient, having subordinated myself to my official duties and the obligations of war service….” His actions were legal in his country. He was hanged. Name? Adolf Eichmann.
If the “just following orders” defense only depends on whether one’s actions are legal in one’s country at the time, do we owe Eichmann’s family an apology? What if Eichmann, or the 10 Nazis hanged at Nuremberg, were still alive and promised not to torture or kill again?

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Haspel is a Johnny Cash fan. Perhaps she might again listen to his “I Walk The Line.” She crossed the line. Is there a line beyond which we Americans, Senate included, dare not go?
Joe Moran
Orinda
 
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