Thursday, April 10, 2008

Smoking Gun

Mikaela says:
From Democracy Now headlines:

Report: Top Admin Officials Approved Assault, Waterboarding of CIA Prisoners

ABC News is reporting senior Bush administration officials personally discussed and approved how top al-Qaeda suspects would be interrogated by the CIA. The group agreed on controversial interrogation techniques including physical assault, sleep deprivation, and waterboarding. The officials were all members of the Principals Committee on the National Security Council. They included:

  • Vice President Cheney,
  • former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice,
  • Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and
  • Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as
  • CIA Director George Tenet and
  • Attorney General John Ashcroft.

It’s the first time senior White House officials have been linked to an explicit group authorization of the CIA interrogation program.

One top official recounted Ashcroft was the lone cabinet member to raise doubts. The official quoted Ashcroft as saying,

“Why are we talking about this in the White House? History will not judge this kindly.”

In the summer of 2004, amidst the controversy over the Abu Ghraib photos and the withdrawal of a controversial memo approving harsh interrogations, the Principals Committee again approved new techniques on a CIA prisoner captured in Asia. Condoleezza Rice is said to have provided decisive support, reportedly telling CIA officials,

“This is your baby. Go do it.”

Will anything come of this? A deliberate, calculated decision by the White House to controvert international law, leaving our military and operatives vulnerable to retaliatory action by every country in the world -- especially the ones that already hate us.

Now is the time to take this administration down. And out. Powerless as they deserve. Preferably in jail.