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Bush and Cheney do torture, concludes Senate panel

December 22, 2008

Following an interesting blog in the Guardian which details the US Senate report that directly implicates Bush and Cheney in responsibility for US war crimes of troture in Guantanamo and Iraq. Let us just ponder the executive summary:

It is particularly troubling that senior officials approved the use of interrogation techniques that were originally designed to simulate abusive tactics used by our enemies against our own soldiers and that were modeled, in part, on tactics used by the Communist Chinese to elicit false confessions from U.S. military personnel.

“there are serving U.S. flag-rank officers who maintain that the first and second identifiable causes of U.S. combat deaths in Iraq – as judged by their effectiveness in recruiting insurgent fighters into combat – are, respectively the symbols of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.”

Furthermore

senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees.

and

In December 2001 …the Department of Defense (DoD) General Counsel’s Office had already solicited information on detainee “exploitation” from the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA), an agency whose expertise was in training American personnel to withstand interrogation techniques considered illegal under the Geneva Conventions.

Members of the President’s Cabinet and other senior officials attended meetings in the White House where specific interrogation techniques were discussed.

On December 2, 2002, Secretary Rumsfeld signed Mr. Haynes’s recommendation, adding a handwritten note that referred to limits proposed in the memo on the use of stress positions: “I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to 4 hours?”

…military working dogs had been used against Khatani. He had also been deprived of adequate sleep for weeks on end, stripped naked, subjected to loud music, and made to wear a leash and perform dog tricks.

Interrogation techniques used by the Special Mission Unit Task Force eventually made their way into Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued for all U.S. forces in Iraq.

The list goes on and on. What I do not understand how this gets completely ignored in the media. The top executive officials of the US are accused of serious crimes by  a bipartisan Senate report voted for unanimously and it barely elicits a wink. Christ! Where has this country gotten to? Furthermore it seems that the US governemnt is now taking account of its own reconstruction effort in Iraq as classified report recently leaked ot the New York Times shows. The conclusions once again are sobering:

And by the time of the security improvements in 2007 and 2008, electricity output had, at best, a precarious 10 percent lead on its levels under Saddam Hussein; oil production was still below prewar levels; and access to potable water had increased by about 30 percent, although with Iraq’s ruined piping system it was unclear how much reached people’s homes uncontaminated.

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