General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005 was misled by Bush officials into believing interrogation techniques employed in the Guanatanamo prisons were based on Army field manuals. In his new book, “Torture Team,” Philippe Sands, professor at University Collge in London, reveals senior Bush administration leaders pushed through previously outlawed measures with the aid of inexperienced military officials at Guantanamo. Myers believed he was the victim of “intrigue” by top lawyers at the Department of Justice, the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld’s Defense Deaprtment.
The lawyers who pushed through procedures that went against the Army Manual were Alberto Gonzales, David Addington and Williams Haynes. Also involved were Doug Feith, Rumsfeld’s under-secretary for policy and two assistant attorney generals, Jay Bybee and John Yoo. Bush insisted all along violations of Army procedures were the result of action on the part of junior officers.
According to Sans, as Myers “worked through the list of techniques(he) became increasingly hesitant and troubled. Haynes and Rumsfeld had been able to run rings around him.” Myers was cut out of the decision making process even though he headed the armed forces. Myers said: “We never authorized torture, we just didn’t, not what we would do.” Larry Wilkeerson, a former army officer and chief of staff to Colin Powell at the State Department, said: “I do know that Rumsfeld had neutralised the chairman(Myers) in m any significant ways.” He did it by not inviting him to meetings or letting him know about important communications.
Senate Republicans were ready to impeach President Clinton over sexual behavior, will they be prepared to initiate criminal procedures against Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Bush?