Top Bush aides, including Vice President Cheney, micromanaged the torture of terrorist suspects from the White House basement, according to an ABC News report aired last night.
Discussions were so detailed, ABC's sources said, that some interrogation sessions were virtually choreographed by a White House advisory group. In addition to Cheney, the group included then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, then-defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, then-secretary of state Colin Powell, then-CIA director George Tenet and then-attorney general John Ashcroft.
I am sick to death of the lawlessness of this administration, and the lengths they will go to hide, or if they can’t hid it, to rationalize their behavior. These people are criminals, and this article by Dan Froomkin shows that many legal minds are of that opinion.
This boggles the mind. Our President, Vice President, National Security Advisor, Defense Secretary, Secretary of State, and Director of the CIA sat around, on multiple occasions, figuring out the best way to torture people! And this went to some pretty brutal detail. Per dday at Hullabaloo:
The so-called Principals who participated in the meetings also approved the use of "combined" interrogation techniques -- using different techniques during interrogations, instead of using one method at a time -- on terrorist suspects who proved difficult to break, sources said.
Highly placed sources said a handful of top advisers signed off on how the CIA would interrogate top al Qaeda suspects -- whether they would be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called waterboarding.
The high-level discussions about these "enhanced interrogation techniques" were so detailed, these sources said, some of the interrogation sessions were almost choreographed -- down to the number of times CIA agents could use a specific tactic.
The Founding Fathers would, no doubt, be aghast. We have become a torture nation, and we (collectively) are proud of it. Some of us, however, are sick to our stomachs.