nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

US torture not just "a few bad apples"

The US Senate Armed Forces Committee reports:
Conclusion 6: The Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) interrogation program included at least one SERE training technique, waterboarding. Senior Administration lawyers, including Alberto Gonzales, Counsel to the President, and David Addington, Counsel to the Vice President, were consulted on the development of legal analysis of CIA interrogation techniques. Legal opinions subsequently issued by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) interpreted legal obligations under U.S. anti-torture laws and determined the legality of CIA interrogation techniques. Those OLC opinions distorted the meaning and intent of anti-torture laws, rationalized the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody and influenced Department of Defense determinations as to what interrogation techniques were legal for use during interrogations conducted by U.S. military personnel.

This is not a partisan report: The committee has 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans plus a Democratic head. None of the members dissented from the report.

I know this is old news to most of you, but it's important to have the evidence all lined up officially, even if it's disgracefully late.

And I know there are still people who hold to the "bad apple" theory, and they need to see this.

Addendum:Cheney says he authorized torture.

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