The pay is pretty good, and I guess we now know what a soul is worth: at least a few million dollars.
The man called “CIA Officer 1” in the Senate report on torture has been identified as Matthew Zirbel. Zirbel was a fuck-up from the get-go, but he still got appointed to be in charge of the Salt Pit, the torture dungeon in Afghanistan.
Zirbel was on his first foreign tour for the CIA and colleagues, according to the Senate report, had recommended that he not be allowed access to classified material due to his “lack of honesty, judgment, and maturity,” according to the Senate report. A Senate aide who briefed reporters about Zirbel said the CIA officer had “issues” in his background, the Daily Beast reported, and should never have been hired by the CIA.
He still killed people, anally raped them, and tortured the innocent as well as the guilty. I guess you don’t need to be competent if your job is simply to ruin lives — even a fuck-up can do that well.
You might be wondering what happened to a professional murderer-torturer in modern America. It seems that Zirbel’s case was one of constantly falling upwards.
In 2005, it was recommended that Zirbel be punished by…being suspended without pay for 10 days. Even that didn’t happen, since the corrupt director of the CIA (literally, he was thrown in prison for fraud) gave him amnesty.
Since then, Zirbel has been working as a State Department foreign service officer in various agencies in Saudi Arabia. Apparently, he’s been raking it in.
It’s not clear if Zirbel currently works for the CIA, or government, but wherever he is, he certainly doesn’t appear to he hurting for money. Public records show he owns several properties, including the house in Great Falls, which he bought in 2006 for $1.3 million and still owns. The house sits on five wooded acres and is apparently being rented for $4,500 per month, so Zirbel lives elsewhere.
Of course, Zirbel is one of the small fry. Dick Cheney still stalks the earth, appearing on Sunday morning talk shows as if he was a respectable human being instead of a soulless revenant sowing malignant evil beneath his feet as he marches uncaring amongst the populace.
I have to say this for Germany: after the war, they openly faced the horrors of the Nazi regime and cleaned house, and to this day have a strong aversion to any proponents of that vileness. In the US, we let our war criminals walk free and profit mightily.