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CIA testimony provided a single claim for calling the document a forgery: that it was marked "Top Secret" and that field manuals are never so highly classified. There may have been other claims which were deleted from the public record of the hearing to protect classified means and methods for detecting forgeries, but if so they do not appear to have been made public. Without such other information, the single CIA forgery claim appears weak:
3. The CIA is reported to engage in the same covert actions, including forgeries, of which it accuses the Soviets, and it never publicly admits to them.
4. It is a common ploy for intelligence agencies to accuse their competitors of what they do themselves when publicly exposed, to offer piecemeal explanations, pause to see if they calm a storm, then issue more as required, each time gauging effectiveness. The hearing could be seen as part of such a counterintelligence operation.
I wonder if the effect is that great. People still seem to want to come to the US. I wonder why? Is it religious freedom, escape from dictatorial rule, chance for a richer life? I think those motivations will be more important than whether we've waterboarded a few people, or if Obama has upped drone activity.
One of the biggest losses is to the American image of itself
It's slowing being eroded so that the ideal promise the US illuminates is so tarnished no onewill want that freedom..it will be so contaminated with hypocracy
Which major countries in the world today do you think have the moral high ground? China? Russia? Iran? UK? I honestly don't know. Is it making a big difference? I don't know that either, but there don't seem to be many who care.
If one wanted to destroy a state, taking the moral high ground away is a good way to start
there don't seem to be many who care