Wednesday, April 09, 2008

"History will not judge this kindly." - John Ashcroft

Big story. Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell, Tenet, and Ashcroft are all put in the torture jackpot by ABCNews.
In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House, the most senior Bush administration officials discussed and approved specific details of how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency, sources tell ABC News.....

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.

We knew, but we didn't have it for a fact.

Right about now, all these guys are wondering who Obama might name as his Attorney General.

Update: The AP is now confirming the story with the added bit, "The officials also took care to insulate President Bush."

Not that they thought they were doing anything wrong....

[Posted by Mike - Born at the Crest of the Empire]
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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Beasts. The whole lot of them. They should all be indicted for war crimes and subjected to their own "enhanced" interrogations.

7:47:00 AM  
Blogger repsac3 said...

I'm not surprised...

Unfortunately, few will be, even when it's put before them so clearly... Expectations are so low because of this group, that I fear it'll just be accepted as par for their evil little course.

8:18:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Based on my reading of the article, I think Ashcroft may need to get immunity or a reduced sentence for cooperation. It's pretty clear that he's the leak.

10:36:00 AM  
Blogger mikevotes said...

I wonder if the threats of prosecution might be used as some sort of leverage in the transition.


And, Mark, I agree.

I think that's the real question on this administration as it enters history, will all the principals keep their mouths shut or will some of them leak to advantage to try and rewrite their relative roles?

To some degree, we've already seen that out of Colin Powell who (I think) has dumped a number of the juicy anti-Cheney bits we've seen.

On a couple of occasions, we've also seen Ashcroft trying to separate his name from some of this, like the wiretapping stuff.

2:33:00 PM  

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