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Ashcroft Testifies About Guantanamo Interrogation Methods

Posted on Jul 17, 2008
Ashcroft testifies

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft fumbled as he was point-blanked about the goings-on at Guantanamo Bay during his tenure at the White House, claiming he had “limited recollection” of the events he was there to testify about and claiming he “wasn’t an expert in this arena when I was in office.” Meanwhile, Walter Dellinger of O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C., argued that “criminal prosecution” of a person making policy recommendations, within legal bounds, to the executive branch should be “ruled out in all but the most extreme ... unusual circumstances.”

Watch the clips:

Clip 1: Ashcroft and Dellinger talk about interrogation methods and accountability (MSNBC):

Clip 2: Ashcroft is “somewhat on the hot seat,” according to Fox News:


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By suziq, July 18, 2008 at 8:33 am Link to this comment
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I wish his “god” would remind him of the ten commandments.

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By Purple Girl, July 18, 2008 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

Just like Cheney’s ‘So’ regarding the majority of Americans against staying in Iraq. Taped Well documented Confessions which will be available for The Red Cross to use in their War crimes trail against every person affliated with this Organized Crime Syndicate.Keep Talking boys, the tapes are rolling and the evidence is mounting.Then perhaps we can finally get them on Treason and Crimes against Humanity- and their lil’ Dogs Too ( Pelosi, Reid..)

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By AT, July 18, 2008 at 3:06 am Link to this comment
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Wasn’t he the AG that appointed Robert S. Mueller to head the FBI, recruited and nurtured JOHN YOO and the other refugee who crafted the PATRIOT ACT and now is teaching Constitutional law at Georgertown?

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By Thomas P. Higgins, July 17, 2008 at 10:45 pm Link to this comment
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Q.  Senator Ashcroft, at a June 17, 2004 press conference, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld stated that, at the request of George J. Tenet, he caused a detainee known as “Triple X” (a/k/a Hiwa Abdul Rahman Rashul) to be hidden from the International Committee of the Red Cross.  In light of that admission, do you agree that a criminal investigation is warranted into whether Mr. Tenet and Mr. Rumsfeld violated the law, including the War Crimes Act of 1996?

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By Eric, July 17, 2008 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment
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Walter Dellinger said, at the 2:47 mark of the video, “...the Office of Legal Counsel is given the delegated authority to make law for the Executive Branch I think that’s binding.”  Excuse me?  Isn’t is the duty of Congress to make the laws?  This statement clearly shows the current administration’s feelings on Executive power. 
John Ashcroft said, when asked about a statute on torture, “I wasn’t an expert in this aspect when I was in office.”  Once again, excuse me?  If you aren’t an expert in law then why in the world were you the Attorney General of the United States?  I guess he was only an expert in covering the mammary glands of statues and singing to pre-recorded tracks.

These guys are assholes.

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By Daniel, July 17, 2008 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment
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Ashcroft’s argument to defend waterboarding is probably due to this being a “NEW KIND OF WAR.”
This is precisely what has gotten the Bush administration out of the Geneva Convention, and created the “go it alone” policy around the United Nations. It is terribly unfortunate that these people have lived by this policy, were entirely consumed by the monster that they have created, and must now go down with defending it. 
Their time will soon be at and end, and they will grit their teeth until all of their teeth fall out of their head when they witness the first African American President enter the White House.

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By Chapeau, July 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment
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Didn’t we convict and hang Japanese soldiers for waterboarding American prisoners after WWII?

The answer is YES.

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By bill, July 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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When we’re invaded, we’ll be treated much worse.

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By Issywise, July 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

He’s already earned an eternal spot on a card in every future edition of Trivial Pursuit as the only sitting United State Senator to loose a race to a dead man, now he adds to that singular distinction the fact that he’s the only former attorney general who defended torture. What a guy!

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By EJ, July 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment
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This statement by Ashcroft only shows the warped and myopic view that this administration and those around it hold.  Waterboarding is torture because it uses physical violence to coerce someone into talking/confessing.  This is terrible and wrong.  Ashcroft should not be able to get away with saying this in an open forum.  tragic.

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By John Oslitho, July 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter) torture, the Congress should have applied that during the interrogation of John Ashcroft.

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By felicity, July 17, 2008 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

Wonder why we’ve had seven years of one disaster after another coming out of DC

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By Jim Yell, July 17, 2008 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment
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Wasn’t much in Missouri and less in Washington.

How convenient to forget crimes against humanity.

All the Nazi officials at the end of WWII would have had to do to save themselves is to plead “I can’t remember what happened.” Apparently?

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By troublesum, July 17, 2008 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

Does this mean congress isn’t concerned about the New Yorker cover??  They’re like dealing with other issues??

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