Jose Rodriguez, the former CIA officer famous for destroying the torture tapes, spent 60 Minutes telling Lesley Stahl why torture was a good thing. Ms. Stahl countered that the experts in the FBI and the CIA Inspector General disagreed. Rodriguez retorted "BULLSHIT."
That should be the title of his book.
Here's the facts, Jose:
There's evidence to the contrary.
Rodriguez wasn't a trained interrogator and lacked meaningful experience with Al Qaeda. Instead of asking experts and professionals who have had tremendous success acquiring intelligence and evidence from terrorist suspects, he turned to psychologists who lacked any experience in the art of interrogation and who had no experience with Al Qaeda.
Is Jose ignorant or just stupid?
Jose failed to listen to subject matter experts, and without a meaningful experience base, or evidenced-based research. He created the unlawful techniques that have come to be called Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, a euphemism for torture and abuse. Jose can see it's all legal as another idiot in Justice, "Alfredo" Gonzales, said it was.
It's unfortunate that they didn't turn to any of the professional interrogators with years of experience, who could have pointed them elsewhere, to techniques used with great success by the U.S. military as far back as World War II and those same rapport-based approached that have proven extremely effective against Al Qaeda over the years.
Jose knows something about mistreatment of prisoners. In 1997, Rodriguez interceded in the drug-related arrest of a friend in the Dominican Republic, reportedly trying to ensure he was not abused or mistreated. His career was nearly cut short when the CIA inspector general reprimanded him for a "remarkable lack of judgment." A CIA officer stationed in the Dominican Republic complained to the inspector general that the intervention was improper, according to a former agency official. Rodriguez was removed as chief of the Latin America division, and later returned to run the station in Mexico.
The truth shall set ye free: Bullshit Begets More Bullshit
The same idiots in the CIA who mislead US on Iraqi WMDs misinformed US with unsupported claims that they had to torture detainees to save lives, when the reality is that it has done just the opposite. We will never know how many new terrorists Al Qaeda was able to recruit, how much funding Al Qaeda was able to obtain and how the implementation of these misguided tactics have hardened resistance and emboldened Al Qaeda. What it has done is produced both inaccurate and unreliable information and it's very use became part of the Al Qaeda narrative.
What the evidence does support, is what professionals who have been combating terrorists for years have known. Torture's effectiveness is based in obtaining propaganda and has most often been used by our adversaries to mislead. It's unfortunate that some of those who have employed these techniques continue to mislead.
Fool disclosure: I worked for the State Department for 30 years and had a working relationship with many intelligent CIA officers. Without a doubt, Jose has to be the biggest fool who ever worked there.
Jose's Tortured Covenant
Jose plays the Hollyweird version of the CIA covenant to justify his tortured excuse:
He (Obama) is breaking the Covenant that exists between intelligence officers that are at the pointy end of a spear hanging way out there and the government that authorized them and directed them to go there.
Huff Post: "The Covenant is not only an unspoken understanding among national security establishment personnel and the administration staffs of presidents; it is also what gives Rodriguez the freedom to publish his book and go on a tour while others, like whistleblowers, are targeted for writing books exposing the crimes, dysfunction or misconduct of intelligence agencies, military or other departments.
FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, former CIA officer Kevin M. Shipp, former CIA agent “Ishmael Jones,” Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer, former CIA agent John Kiriakou (who is now facing prosecution for talking about his role in waterboarding) and soon-to-be-former State Department employee Peter van Buren are all individuals, who have seen prepublication review boards censor their books or refuse to allow their books to be published. They are all individuals who dared to be critical and have been suppressed."
Rodriguez, on the other hand, can say whatever he wants because he upholds the Covenant. He followed the Rules. The Rules are limited to what was agreed upon by the parties involved in the development process and any other Rules from outside bodies such as domestic or international legal bodies are moot. The Rules do not include disclosing information that could invite scrutiny or lead members of the public or press to second-guess decisions that were made. The Rules give him the confidence to say he is “very secure” in what he did.
The Rules in service of the Holy Trinity of National Security Doctrine can be anything, but if anyone suggests they were illegal or inhumane, if anyone tries to prosecute people for engaging in war crimes that they all privately agreed were not war crimes at all, the Covenant will be considered broken. Loyalty will have been violated and the price of disloyalty will be severe. Chances are you will never work a job in Washington, DC, doing what you were trained to do ever again.
This man who destroyed interrogation tapes and oversaw CIA torture may have been cleared of wrongdoing when Obama Justice Department officials decided not to go after him, but the truth is Rodriguez was never concerned about judicial courts. The court of public opinion, the outrage at torture and the fact that history might regard what he did as depraved, bothers him. So, he sociopathically went on a television show on a network owned by the same corporation that published his book hoping all Americans would realize “harsh techniques” or torture really wasn’t so horrible after all.
To obtain accurate and reliable information, the evidence is clear: torture is illegal, immoral, ineffective and inconsistent with American values.
But for those ignorant about the subject, the choice was clear: don't just stand there, do something stupid.
For those who know what the hell they are talking about, they know it's Bullshit and that Jose wrote the book.
The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) like a ROY G BIV RAINBOW.
Dr. Linus Wagner: Everything you told me, Mr. Jane, is total fiction, isn't it? (See B.S.)
"Ruby Slippers," an homage to L.Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz," appears to be another "Mentalist" investigative procedural demonstrating once again that Patrick Jane is an amazing Wizard when it comes to reading other peoples' emotions, even those of Drag Queens hiding behind heavy makeup and transgender wigs. But like the "Wizard of OZ" things are not what they appear to be:
Frank Baum, a real KKK Wizard behind the curtain, was editor of the Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer when he stated: “The whites, by law of conquest, by civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians…. We had better, in order to protect our civilization, follow it up … and wipe these untamed and untamable creatures from the face of the earth.”
Guess we know who were the Munchins.
Glennda Snow the Drag Queen who is a Man in Morgue with a heart of gold.
"Dorothy" - Archie Bloom, a gay teen AKA FiFi Nix who never wants to go home.
"Dorothy's" father- a cowardly lion who chases the gay away.
"Dorothy's" abusive boyfriend - the heartless "tinman" with the tin of crystal meth near his heart.
"Dorothy's" abusive coworker- the Jughead homophobe who only wanted to scare Archie.
'Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops away above the chimney tops'
Jane and "Dorothy" have much in common: "Dorothy" is a gay teen fleeing his troubled life and Jane is trying to break from his troubled past. Interestingly, Simon Baker got his big break playing a gay actor in "LA Confidential."
"Ruby Slippers" and "OZ" have a common plot twist in the End: "Dorothy" and Dorothy are the ones behind the curtain. A look behind the curtain also reveals "The Mentalist" is a place Jane dreams of - somewhere over the rainbow and "Over the Cuckoo's Nest." (Note the long closeup on the Ken Kesey book jacket Cho holds with the reference to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.")
"Somewhere over the rainbow, cuckoo birds fly
Cuckoo birds fly over the rainbow, why then, oh why can't I?"
The Wizard Behind the "Mental List" Curtain
Patrick Jane suffers from paranoid delusions due to feelings of extreme guilt in the deaths of his wife and child who were burned to death in a horrific car accident when he failed to stop at a RED LIGHT - hence the RJ symbol - while he was driving intoxicated and spends his days a burn victim watching TV shows, which generate his ideas for the delusional episodes.
"Tiger, Tiger burning bright, they were "Au-burned."
Jane: Guilt comes in many forms.
Lisbon: That’s the best you can do?
Jane: For now.
"Red John" is the Jane's imaginary Wicked Which Twin and a Professor Moriarty-type character in a "Tommy Westphall" imaginary world like "St. Elsewhere" and "Life on Mars" that is the dream state of Jane, a Sherlock Homes super sleuth character who is really a mental patient. (Coincidentally, the fake Jane character in episode "Red Moon," which also had a corpse in a burned car, was named Ellis Mars. Interestingly, Todd Johnson who was about to reveal to Jane "Red John's" identity was burned to death.) The characters of Rigsby, Cho, Van Pelt and Lisbon are also Jane's creations ala the "Wizard of Oz" genre - the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy - who in reality are psychiatric assistants and doctors at the mental hospital and the RJ minions are Jane's fellow mental patients. In the final scene, Jane confronts "Red John" - himself - in an homage to the ending of "The Prisoner," and awakens from his dream state to realize the true identities of Lisbon et al.
In the end the Mentalist was on the mental list, a prisoner of his own device.
RED JOHN CLUES OF THE WEEK
Glennda: Peeking behind the curtain? Be careful you don't lose your illusions.
Jane: It's a little late for that.
Glennda: "Where would we be without dreams, Mr. Jane?"
Jane: Lisbuns, never peek behind the curtain. It will shatter your illusions.
Read John "Seven"Come 11: my mental list of 7 scripts so you can dream along with me
"Dragon STAR (2014) Logline: Codecracker tracks a serial killer who returns after seven years to terrorize his hometown. Tagline: You can go Holmes again. DRAGON_STAR_-_Final (after Simon Baker is finished with "The Mentalist, "DS" would make that Tasmanian Devil a movie star. )
"DIVE" Logline: An American naval officer is forced to pilot a Colombian cartel submarine loaded with cocaine into San Diego harbor. But there's something else on board. Tagline: Sub-text: Hidden between the white lines.
"COLUMBIA ROADS" Logline: US embassy investigator discovers Aurora prophecy that threatens the US. Tagline: All Roads lead to Columbia. Download -COLUMBIA ROADS-
“FACESPACE” Logline: CIA Deep Throat recruits a conspiracy writer to stop a mind control op using social networks. Tagline: Who is like FACESPACE and who can defeat it? Download FACESPACE 7-21
"SPYDER AND THE FLY" Logline: A black op team gets caught in its web of deceit. Tagline: "Come into my parlor said the Spyder to the Fly, but who was the Spyder and Who was the Fly?"
"THE 11 O'CLOCK NEWS" Logline: Two bloggers, Richie Scalia and John Scott, get in way-over-their-head trouble. Tagline: Hindsight is 2021
In Jose Rodriguez's fairy tale of a modern day dragon slayer, the former head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center and its former Deputy Director of Operations defends his decision to burn 92 videotapes depicting the CIA's interrogation of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, including the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques," such as waterboarding according to recent news reports, out of concern for the safety of CIA interrogators. Rodriguez describes the tapes' destruction as "just getting rid of some ugly visuals." But it's worth recalling a now-declassified CIA email (page 17 of this PDF), sent just one day after the tapes were destroyed, which more candidly reveals Rodriguez's true motives:
As Jose [Rodriguez] said, the heat from destroying is nothing compared to what it would be if the tapes ever got into [the] public domain — he said that out of context, they would make us look terrible; it would be 'devastating' to us.
The CIA — and Rodriguez in particular — were more concerned about the public (and perhaps prosecutorial) blowback than they were about the possibility that the tapes would somehow endanger CIA agents. To prevent that blowback, Rodriguez was willing to risk being in contempt of court orders requiring the tapes to be preserved, and to flout Congressional requests not to destroy evidence. Rodriguez has yet to be held personally accountable for his destruction of the tapes.
Notwithstanding several historic disclosures by the Obama administration of information relating to the CIA's interrogation program, the CIA continues to suppress information critical to understanding the torture that took place in our name. This problem is partly attributable to Rodriguez himself: he deliberately destroyed hundreds of hours of "devastating" evidence of torture.
Because the government carefully controls the flow of classified information, the narrative that emerges is the problem is a systemic one: the same agency responsible for official torture gets to decide what information about that torture is released, and courts overwhelmingly defer to the CIA's decisions.
So it's okay for obstruction of justice if the ends justify the meanness, Obama? Then you might as well toss the Constitution into the burn bag too. In the End of this fractured fairy tale there will be blowback and then we are all toast.
The Senate rejected the "Buffett Rule," which would've raised the tax rates for millionaires, after Republicans accused President Barack Obama of pitting Americans against each other.
No conflict of interest.
Glenn Greenwald shines light on the case of Laura Poitras, an Oscar-and Emmy-nominated filmmaker and journalist and the clueless defenders at the gate:
"On Thursday night, Poitras arrived at Newark International Airport from Britain. Prior to issuing her a boarding pass in London, the ticket agent called a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agent (Yost) who questioned her about whom she met and what she did. Upon arriving in Newark, DHS/CBP agents, as always, met her plane, detained her, and took her to an interrogation room. Each time this has happened in the past, Poitras has taken notes during the entire process: in order to chronicle what is being done to her, document the journalistic privileges she asserts and her express lack of consent, obtain the names of the agents involved, and just generally to cling to some level of agency.
This time, however, she was told by multiple CBP agents that she was prohibited from taking notes on the ground that her pen could be used as a weapon. (Out of the mouths of morons...)
After she advised them that she was a journalist and that her lawyer had advised her to keep notes of her interrogations, one of them, CBP agent Wassum (apparently in great fear for his life), threatened to handcuff her if she did not immediately stop taking notes. A CBP Deputy Chief (Lopez) also told her she was barred from taking notes, and then accused her of “refusing to cooperate with an investigation” if she continued to refuse to answer their questions (he later clarified that there was no “investigation” per se, but only a “questioning”). Requests for comment from the CBP were not returned as of the time of publication."
I think they said a mouthfool.
"The Mentalist" in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) when you sleep, perchance to dream.
In "Something's Rotten in Redmund" Simon Baker gives an award-winning performance demonstrating his classical acting skills and shakes a spear in a high school version of the Tragedy of Hamlet as Ghost, reuniting with another ghost from his past, Matt McCoy, who also was a supporting actor in "LA Confidential." If there is another connection between TM and "LA Confidential" - the big antagonist is the police chief - then call it "Sacramento Confidential."
In his search for the "bad boys and girls" in high school, Jane discovers they are everywhere you look; Redmund High has the stereotypical problems of love-in-all-the-wrong-places. But it's all an act in "Hamlet - the play's the sting." Award-winning performances: The "badge of dishonor" goes to McCoy as the pervy principal who loves to watch bathrooms and to the abused girl who plays love-for-sale to pay the bills, the "bad actor" award to the lovestruck drama teacher for seducing a student, the "bad chemistry" award to the chem nerd for producing the Love Drug X-tasy "because he just wants to be popular," the "Grease" "Summer Love" bad boys and girls, Mr. Loveland, the lovelorn counselor with a drinking problem, and McTierney, the "cool" Mr. Novak-type teacher who loves to play the social worker to save the broken hearts but ends up with a fractured skull. Alas, poor McTierney...a love story/geek tragedy.
As a late replacement for the Ghost, Jane exposes the killer while on stage in the scene where Hamlet doubts whether the Ghost has told him the truth, and the troupe of actors at Elsinore presents him with a solution. Jane re-enacts the teacher's murder and determines the suspect's guilt or innocence by studying the reaction to it. The parents assemble to watch the play and the student prince provides an agitated running commentary throughout as Jane goes in for the kill. When the high school murder scene is played out, the lovestruck drama teacher abruptly rises and runs for the door, which Jane, Lisbon and everybody else see as proof of her guilt. Lisbon catches her red handed. It's curtains.
This is where the English teacher asks you to compare and contrast this episode of "The Mentalist" with Hamlet and Macbeth. One comparison is Jane's foil with Red John mirrors that of Macbeth's Banquo's and Hamlet: while Jane and Banquo resist evil, Hamlet and Red John embrace it. And like Banquo, sometimes Jane's motives are unclear, and some question his purity.
"Alas, poor Lisbon, I do not know you that well" -- The episode let us peek into Lisbon's backstory. In response to Lisbon's disapproval of Jane's vandalism of the bathroom, Jane countered that Lisbon was a boring "goody-two shoes." But Lisbon confessed she was not, that she was never caught red-handed. As Ghost Jane observed: "The devil has powers to assume a pleasing shape." Yeah, he probably meant the horny drama teacher but Lisbun's not so hardon the eyes either.
There is the story of the woman who read Hamlet for the first time and said, "I don't see why people admire that play so. It is nothing but a bunch of famous quotations strung together."
—Isaac Asimov, Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare,
"The Mentalist" is "Monk Meets Life on Mars and Elsewhere Over the Rainbow"
TO BE OR NOT TO BE: One does not have to have super-analytical skills to recognize "The Mentalist" is a similar-but-different version homage of Monk, another emotionally crippled San Francisco-area investigator savant tormented by his wife's unsolved murder and committed to bringing evildoers to justice, mixed with a TOMMY WESTPHALL imaginary world ("Hey, it's all a dream" ) genre like "Life on Mars," "St. Elsewhere" (one man's snow globe is another man's fishbowl) and the "Wizard of Oz." Jane appears to be a Sherlock Homes super-sleuth character but in reality is a mental patient who suffers from paranoid delusions due to feelings of extreme guilt in the deaths of his wife and child who were burned as he was (CBI = intensive burn care?) in a horrific car accident involving a driver named Tanner when he failed to stop at a Blinking Red Light - hence the RJ symbol - while he was driving intoxicated and spends his days watching TV shows, which generate his ideas for the delusional episodes. (NB. The fake Jane character in "Red Moon" where a corpse was found in a burned car was named Ellis (El-He is) Mars.) Red John is Patrick (green) Jane's imaginary evil twin, his "perfect symmetry" alter-ego (Jane/John) Professor Moriarty character.
Ellis Mars: The mind is a powerful weapon. It can create reality.
(Hey, this would make a great Broadway play with Simon Baker starring in a one-man show, Macbeth. It would take place in a psychiatric unit. If Baker is not available, maybe Alan Cumming would be interested in the one-man show.)
"The Mentalist" is obsessed with fire, as in half the episodes it plays a significant plot point: Out of the Frye-ing pan into the... As Kristina Frye discovered, when you get too close to Red John, you get burned.
"Tiger, Tiger burning bright, they were "Au-burned." In the "Red Mile" episode Jane arrives at a crime scene outside Auburn, California. Shouts from Alabama football fans of "Roll Tide" first appeared during the Alabama-Auburn Tiger IRON BOWL game in 1907.
Curiously, a corpse was found in a burned car in "Ruby Slippers," in which Jane discovers the identity of Fifi Nix, like Jane's Phoenix, has risen from the ashes of his past life.
Fake Red John read all about it: Catch the fire-y headline on the newspaper Tim Carter was reading before Jane shot him..
Red John comes face to face with Jane in the burn mask in "Red Sky in Morning."
Red Face to Face
"The Mentalist"as "Hamlet" - Red John's alias is ROY Tagliaferro (read: "cut iron"). The ROY CUT IRON anagrams are "court irony" and "you r citron." The irony is Jane, the court jester, destroyed his family like Hamlet, whose honor he sought to avenge. In the Pilot episode Jane was also responsible for killing the father who killed his own daughter. How ironic that Jane, the court jester who arrives at the crime scene in his Citroen, a master reader of how others' emotions control them, was a prisoner of his IRON-ic chains to the past. Until Jane leaves his OLD LIFE BEHIND, The Mentalist is on the mental list, a PRISONER of his own device.
Read John "Seven" Come 11, my mental list of 7 scripts so you can dream along with me:
"DRAGON STAR" (2014)
Logline: Code-cracking prodigy tracks an intelligent serial killer who returns after seven years to terrorize his hometown. Tagline: You can go Holmes again. The second greatest story ever told. Download DRAGON_STAR_-_Final
Logline: CIA Deep Throat recruits a conspiracy writer to stop a mind control plan using social network websites. Tagline: Who is like FACESPACE and who can defeat it? Download FACESPACE 7-21
"SPYDER AND THE FLY"
Logline: A black op team gets caught in its web of deceit. Tagline: "Come into my parlor said the Spyder to the Fly, but who was the Spyder and Who was the Fly?"