That's the word the first commenter used to describe Paul Krugman's conclusion about the march to war:
Let's say this slowly: the Bush administration wanted to use 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. So it tortured people to make them confess to the nonexistent link.
There's a word for this: it’s evil.
If that's shrill, we need to re-examine the 2002 State of the Union address, don't we?