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Bush Reportedly Pushed for Harsh Interrogations

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Posted on Oct 23, 2007
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The authors of “Administration of Torture” claim President Bush and then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were more directly involved in the interrogation of suspected terrorists than they have publicly acknowledged.

A new book by two ACLU lawyers, “Administration of Torture,” includes documents in which one Gen. Michael Dunlavey claims that President Bush gave him “marching orders” to get the Pentagon’s approval of more severe interrogation methods at Guantanamo.  Also, it alleges that then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was “personally involved” in the interrogation of Mohammed al Qahtani.

The Raw Story:

“[T]he documents show unambiguously that the administration has adopted some of the methods of the most tyrannical regimes,” write Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh. “Documents from Guantanamo describe prisoners shackled in excruciating ‘stress positions,’ held in freezing-cold cells, forcibly stripped, hooded, terrorized with military dogs, and deprived of human contact for months.”

Most of the documents on which Administration of Torture is based were obtained as a result of ongoing legal fights over a Freedom of Information Act request filed in October 2003 by the ACLU and other human rights and anti-war groups, the ACLU said in a news release.

The documents show that prisoner abuse like that found at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was hardly the isolated incident that the Bush administration or US military claimed it was. By the time the prisoner abuse story broke in mid-2004 the Army knew of at least 62 other allegations of abuse at different prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, the authors report.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 25, 2007 at 7:42 pm Link to this comment
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This is the guy who used to brand freshman to induct them into his fraternity.  BRAND them!

He’s a sadistic bully.  And a liar when he says “we don’t torture”.

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By Louise, October 24, 2007 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

October 23rd, 2007 3:16 pm
Kucinich pushes Bush impeachment!!!

“I’m going to talk to members of Congress this week and tell them taking impeachment off the table is a big mistake,” he said.

Kucinich was moved to take action, he said, in part because of Bush’s recent suggestion to reporters that a world war with Iran might be imminent, leading Kucinich to wonder “whether he’s playing with Armageddon or he’s not well.”

“The world can’t countenance the president of the United States raising the specter of World War III,” he said. “A president must be temperate with his words.”


And congressional support for Cheney impeachment is slowly but surely growing.|/bss/d110query.html|

co-sponsors now up to 21:
Folks ... start writing and phoning ...


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By mary, October 24, 2007 at 6:57 am Link to this comment

It was clear to me what this creep is made of.  He taunted with glee when he had Karla Faye Tucker put to death in Texas. She had been the first female put to death in a very long time.  Yes she was guilty of her crime, she took full responsibility.  Even though the MSM has decided to protect their connections to DC types, it is still my hope to see someone break out of the pack and decide our Country is more important than being invited to the next DC party.  Don’t stop calling for Impeachment and criminal charges.  This insanity must be stopped.  Call Pelosi every day, I do….

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By jcbrap, October 24, 2007 at 6:38 am Link to this comment

All these bastards think they are above the law and can do whatever they want to whomever they want whenever they want.  Until now, the MSM has facilitated that arrangement and will continue to do so, being as how they are part of the problem. By and large, the majority of Americans are so unaware of what is going on in their name (thanks to said MSM) that they might as well be asleep.  I can only hope that someday, someway justice is brought to these sadists.  Maybe not in this life, but surely in the next.

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By thomas billis, October 24, 2007 at 4:33 am Link to this comment
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It is like a parallel universe.I never dreamed that you could scare Americans to the point that a low grade moron could take this great country to the depths he has.The torture is one aspect but think what we have given up becuase we are like scared children and we want the big old gorilla to protect us.The generation that went before us and put their lives on the line to give us a great country would be appalled that we are willing to give it all up because we are scared little children.There is no debate here we cannot allow torture as policy because we are Americans.The lifeboat situation the Atomic bomb is going off in five minutes and you’ve got the guy who knows where it is is just not good enough to make torture policy.You do not make policy on the life boat situation.If you would all stop watching 24 and think you would come to the same conclusion.

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By Douglas Chalmers, October 23, 2007 at 11:39 pm Link to this comment

#109120 by rodney on 10/23 at 5:41 pm: “I’m sure Bush has video tape of detainees being tortured. He and Laura watch them just before having sex….”

No, rodney, they’re videos of Condi doing her “mistressing” in the dungeons of the CIA. Laura’s not into that….

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By G.Anderson, October 23, 2007 at 10:59 pm Link to this comment

Yes I’ve heard President Bush likes it rough, because, he’s got to prove to himself that he’s a real man. Not some fake cowboy, clearing Brush on his land, like the Marlboro man from a comercial shot in 1955. The year his ego formed.

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By loverofpeace, October 23, 2007 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment

Will we ever get our country back? I remember growing up in the 50’s and 60’s and we were always taught that we were “better than the communists” because they believed that “the end justifies the means”. Well guess what administration has that as its motto????

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By Pacrat, October 23, 2007 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment
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America Doesn’t Torture? Nonsense! Just visit any maximum security prison in the nation! I can assure you that torture is a way of life in any prison. And as a prison official I tried in vain to remedy the situation but without success because it is, unfortunately, a major feature of imprisonment.

No, I am not condoning or supporting it - just reporting it.

At least the inmates in the nation’s maximum security prisons had a trial or at least legal representation before they were imprisoned.

Should torture ever be allowed? Definitely not! We are dealing with human beings not dumb animals. And those who torture do indeed become like dumb animals as they become more and more sadistic.

Does torture do any good? No! Under torture an individual will confess to anything and make up whatever he thinks his torturers want to hear.

However, I must confess that this administration has come up with torture methods that rival even the toughest prisons in this country or elsewhere in the world. And their “justifications” are especially nefarious because the victims have not been accused of a purported crime nor do they have access to representation by lawyers or even know the “crime” of which they have been accused.

This administration has brought imprisonment to a new low! And it is already low enough!

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By rodney, October 23, 2007 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment
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I’m sure Bush has video tape of detainees being tortured. He and Laura watch them just before having sex.

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By rage, October 23, 2007 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment
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Get Cheney first. Then impeach the Chimperor. We need to spend all of 2008 putting these criminals in prison.

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By QuyTran, October 23, 2007 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

Liars, liars, liars !

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