Today’s Quotes: Does He Ever Tell the Truth?

“Cheney said, ‘I’ve now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was, as well as to see this debate over the legal opinions.'”

“But a senior intelligence official told NBC News: ‘The agency has received no such request from the former vice president.'”
— From “Obama Open to Some Interrogation Prosecution,” NBC News, April 21, 2009.

“Lack of conscience is the hallmark of psychopathy, which is estimated to occur in about 1 percent of the adult population, says psychopathy expert Robert Hare, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of ‘Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us.’ Unlike psychosis, in which a person is out of touch with reality and experiencing delusions or hallucinations, for example, psychopaths know what they are doing. They just dont care and cant really comprehend how their actions hurt others. Psychopaths lack empathy, guilt and remorse, explains Hare.” []
“Furthermore, most psychopaths arent violent offenders. Those raised in deprived environments may grow up to be street criminals, for instance, whereas those raised in privileged homes may become corporate criminals, says Hare.” []
“Adult psychopathy is generally viewed as difficult or even impossible to treat, particularly for repeat violent offenders. Medications and talk therapy dont work, according to Hare and others. Inmates may very convincingly say what they think counselors want to hear because it serves a purpose to them, such as getting paroled. And psychopaths outside of the prison system may never enter treatment. ‘No self-respecting psychopath is going to seek therapy in the real world because they dont think theres anything wrong with them,’ says Hare.” []
“While it might not be possible to help people develop a conscience, perhaps they can be convinced that its in their best interest to act as if they do. While psychopaths and kids with CU [Callous-Unemotional] traits know societys rules, they dont care to follow them. And theyre impulsive, so they dont necessarily think through the consequences of their actions. They just act, so this approach has to focus on how they directly benefit, because they really dont care about how their actions impact others, explains Hare. So, for instance, it would likely be futile to try to get them to change their behavior by explaining just how much they hurt others. They cant relate.”
— Jacqueline Stenson, “Destined as a Psychopath? Experts Seek Clues,” MSNBC, April 20, 2009.