The most revealing portion of the IG report documents the program's results. The CIA's "detention and interrogation of terrorists has provided intelligence that has enabled the identification and apprehension of other terrorists and warned of terrorist plots planned for the United States and around the world." That included the identification of Jose Padilla and Binyam Muhammed, who planned to detonate a dirty bomb, and the arrest of previously unknown members of an al Qaeda cell in Karachi, Pakistan, designated to pilot an aircraft attack in the U.S. The information also made the CIA aware of plots to attack the U.S. consulate in Karachi, hijack aircraft to fly into Heathrow, loosen track spikes to derail a U.S. train, blow up U.S. gas stations, fly an airplane into a California building, and cut the lines of suspension bridges in New York.
Though the Journal does not get into it, Binyam Mohammed was released outright by the Obama administration in February. He is now living freely in England. That's our new counterterrorism approach: Release the terrorist who planned mass-murder attacks against U.S. cities but investigate the CIA agents who prevented mass-murder attacks against U.S. cities.
Release the terrorist, investigate the CIA.
If you want to put your finger on exactly what is wrong with the world today, this ubiquitous and bizarre moral inversion is the key. It's as if you were sitting in a crowded movie theater watching a Harry Potter film or one of the Lord of the Rings movies and whenever Deatheaters or orcs came onscreen, the people in the audience would wildly cheer and applaud.
The world is topsy-turvy; and insanity, hate and tyranny are the new heroes.