Torture produced bad information that was used by the administration to make the case for war. The lawyers pushing the torture have been promoted to the very top positions of the US government (David Addington), or given cushey offices at the American Enterprise Institute (John Yoo). The Congressional oversight committees have been way too compliant, with the chairman of the Senate Intel committe voting to support Cheney's demands that the torture continue.She cites this week's Newsweek article.
...one reason the prison abuse scandal won't go away—two months after gruesome photos were published worldwide—is that a long paper trail of memos and directives from inside the administration has emerged...one such memo, an explosive August 2002 brief from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel disclosed by The Washington Post. The memo, drafted by former OLC lawyer John Yoo, has been widely criticized for seeming to flout conventions against torture. It defends most interrogation methods short of severe, intentionally inflicted pain and permanent damage. White House officials told reporters that such abstract legal reasoning was insignificant and did not reflect the president's orders. But NEWSWEEK has learned that Yoo's August 2002 memo was prompted by CIA questions about what to do with a top Qaeda captive, Abu Zubaydah, who had turned uncooperative. And it was drafted after White House meetings convened by George W. Bush's chief counsel, Alberto Gonzales, along with Defense Department general counsel William Haynes and David Addington, Vice President Dick Cheney's counsel, who discussed specific interrogation techniques, says a source familiar with the discussions.
Lots more, if you have the stomach, including a video link.
But hey, that's just another bunch of stuff they made up to make the administation look bad. It's a war, you know.
We don't wanna act like a bunch of wusses.
How in the name of all that's good can so many people do so many disgusting things and not be called to account?
And last week's closed door session of the Senate is being referred to as a "stunt."