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April 23, 2009


CNN - Top Bush administration officials gave the CIA approval to use waterboarding as early as 2002, a Senate intelligence report shows. Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice were among the officials who OK'd the use of waterboarding, a report says.

On July 17, 2002, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, who later became secretary of state, said the CIA could proceed with "alternative interrogation methods," including waterboarding, when questioning suspected al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah.

The decision was contingent on the Justice Department's determining the method's legality. A week later, Attorney General John Ashcroft had determined the "proposed interrogation techniques were lawful," the report said. . .

In a meeting that included Vice President Dick Cheney, CIA Director George Tenet, Ashcroft, Rice and their legal counsels, "the principals reaffirmed that the CIA program was lawful and reflected administration policy," the report said.


Anonymous m said...

Tthese are capital crimes. They ordered torture that led to death. I am not a strong believer in the death penalty, but torturing, or causing another person to be tortured to death deserves the death penalty.

Not so much as a punishment,for I believe life without parole to be far more brutal, but rather as a demonstration of societal outrage.

April 23, 2009 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Few psychopaths have much of an inner/emotional life, so it's hard to make prison a real punishment for them. They're horribly adaptive, in their own very special way.

If it weren't for that, I'd suggest an appropriate punishment would be to treat them like the subhumans they truly are, by putting them on display in a zoo-like "monkey island" for the rest of their unnatural lives.

April 28, 2009 11:54 AM  

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