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Torture, Bush Style

Former President George Bush is happily chopping wood in Texas while Dick Cheney is mumbling threats about what to do with Barack Obama so it was interesting to finally receive first hand information about alleged torture of prisoners. Dick an Don And George have denied that prisoners were subject to any torture on their watch. Judge Jay Bybee, told a House Judiciary Committee hearing the Central Intelligence Agency did not approve certain forms of interrogation such as repeated beatings or having inmates shackled to a ceiling. However, he strongly defended water boarding and slamming prisoners into a wall. He strongly defended that these forms of interrogation were perfectly legal. “We took a muscular view of presidential authority. We were offering a bottom line to a client who wanted to know what he could do and what he couldn’t do. I wasn’t running a debating society, and I wasn’t running a law school.” Bybee ran the Office of Legal Counsel from 2001 too 2003 and signed off on John Yoo’s arguments that pushing people around or shoving their faces under water were perfectly in accord with the Bill of Rights.

America historically has opposed violation of POW rights as described in the Geneva Convention. During WWII, American interrogators were not sanctioned by superiors to water board or shove prisoners into walls. And, somehow, the US and its Allies were able to win WWII. In order to cleanse the soul of America, we need a Truth And Reconciliation Commission to get to the truth and allow individuals to admit their mistakes.

CIA Destroyed Videos Depicting Torture Of Detainees

The CIA destroyed video evidence of its coercive interrogation of al-Qaeda operatives who were held under the secret rendition program in order to shield its agents from future legal action. Two tapes documenting the water boarding technique that was used against Abu Aubaydah and another detainee were destroyed. The CIS’s director, Michael Hayden, told agency employees in a statement issues yesterday, “the tapes posed a serious security risk. Were they ever to leak, they would permit identification of your CIA colleagues who had served in the program, exposing them and their families to retaliation from al-Qaeda and its sympathizers.” The Hayden statement raises many questions and issues. For example, did information that was used in the trail against Zacarias Moussaoui, came from torture? It appears that the then Republican led Congress hid this information, even from Democratic members of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

The water boarding was used after President Bush gave the OK to employ harsh methods of interrogation. George Bush continually claims he personally had not knowledge of any torture being employed by American interrogators. This is simply a clever word game to protect himself and to give the impression that terrible things, if they ever do occur, were never done due to his giving permission. The man is a blatant liar and it is incredible that Republicans kept information from their Congressional colleagues. There is also something disturbing if individuals who broke the law are protected against exposure due to fear of what might happen to their families!