THE SPIN TIMELINE: It has gone chronologically something like this:
- It's not true. It's not true.
- It may be true but it's not ...
- Okay, it's ..., but isn't official policy.
- It may be true and official policy, but we changed the policy and we uncovered the abuses ourselves.
- It may be true, it may have been widespread, but we've punished the culprits. (Low Level)
- It may be true, it may have been widespread, it may still be happening, but all these reports are old news.
- "6.", but it is also being done by our enemies.
- "6." but it was done for a higher good.
Examples of ...:
- Stating that there were WMD's
- Calling the others "like" Hitler
taken from Andrew Sullivan on Torture spin