Thursday, October 04, 2007

Bush and Gonzales Do Approve Of Torturing People

So we are still continuing Saddam's legacy of torture centers and rape rooms. Is there no limit to how low we can go?

h/t Crooks And Liars

Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations

By SCOTT SHANE, DAVID JOHNSTON and JAMES RISEN
Published: October 4, 2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 — When the Justice Department publicly declared torture “abhorrent” in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations.

But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.

The new opinion, the officials said, for the first time provided explicit authorization to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures.

Mr. Gonzales approved the legal memorandum on “combined effects” over the objections of James B. Comey, the deputy attorney general, who was leaving his job after bruising clashes with the White House. Disagreeing with what he viewed as the opinion’s overreaching legal reasoning, Mr. Comey told colleagues at the department that they would all be “ashamed” when the world eventually learned of it.

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3 Comments:

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Edgar said...

Hi wease,

Disagreeing with what he viewed as the opinion’s overreaching legal reasoning, Mr. Comey told colleagues at the department that they would all be “ashamed” when the world eventually learned of it.

No chance of that. Those people have no shame, no conscience, no intellect. They are stupid monkeys. I just watch in amazement at the things they do. There must either be a devil, or some secret drug, because the assholes running this country into the ground never die. They go on forever. You'd think one or two would croak every now and then, but no, they keep on going like the energizer bunny. Evil energizer bunnies have taken over the U.S.A.

 
At 6:26 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

White House Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino says that her understanding of the Geneva Conventions leaves the definition up to individual nations.

Essentially her argument is that the person who does the torturing, decides whether their acts are should be considered torture or not.

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Edgar said...

Kinder, gentler torture? Egad.

 

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