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Stephen Colbert tells author Ron Suskind that Vice President Cheney's so-called "One Percent Doctrine"--whereby a one percent chance of terrorists obtaining WMDs must be treated as a certainty--is "soft on terror."

  • Colbert: "One percent? Shouldn't it be a zero percent doctrine? I mean even if there's no chance that someone's a threat to the United States, and they just look at us funny, shouldn't we just--[beats a fist into his palm]--tag 'em?"
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    Bush and Rumsfeld gave the go-ahead to CIA interrogators to threaten the family of Al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Muhammed if he did not talk, according to Ron Suskind in his new book, "The One Percent Doctrine." Former Bush defender Andrew Sullivan says the green light made Bush "the moral equivalent of a mafia boss."

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    Truthdig salutes Ron Suskind, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose most recent book, "The One Percent Doctrine," stripped down Vice President Dick Cheney's counter-terrorism philosophy to its Strangelovian essence: If there is a 1% chance of a terrorist attack, America must respond as though it is a 100% certainty.

  • Click here for disclosures from the book, Suskind TV appearances, links to other writings and biographical information.
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