Oppose Torture, Get Fired

Some ledes just speak for themselves: “The CIA’s top counter-terrorism official was fired last week because he opposed detaining Al-Qaeda suspects in secret prisons abroad, sending them to other countries for interrogation and using forms of torture such as “water boarding”, intelligence sources have claimed.”

That would be in addition, of course, to the State Department officials who are being sidelined because they had favorable views towards arms control, and the top NASA scientist who was being pressured into silence for speaking out about global warming. And that’s just the news from the past few weeks.