Friday, April 9, 2010

Nasty stuff about US torture comes to light

First off, US Recants Claims on "High-Value" Detainee Abu Zubaydah

"He was the first detainee captured after 9/11 who was subjected to nearly a dozen brutal torture techniques, which included waterboarding, and was the catalyst, the public has been told, behind the Bush administration's "enhanced interrogation" program. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has publicly admitted that personally approved of Zubaydah's waterboarding.

"His torture was videotaped and the tapes later destroyed. The destruction of 90 videotapes of his interrogations is the focus of a high-level criminal investigation being conducted by John Durham, a federal prosecutor appointed special counsel in 2008 by then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey."

... So, Dick Cheney personally approved of the torture of a guy who, according to the article, the government now admits "did not have 'any direct role in or advance knowledge of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001,' and was neither a 'member' of al-Qaeda nor 'formally' identified with the terrorist organization. The government now claims Zubaydah is being detained based on his 'actions' as an 'affiliate' of al-Qaeda."

This man was waterboarded 83 times. I guess I'd confess to being al-Qaeda if I was tortured like that, too. This is how we got evidence about 9-11 terror suspects. Now take a look at this article from the London Times:

George W. Bush 'knew Guantanamo prisoners were innocent'

This accusation was made by Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to Colin Powell, who was then Secretary of State. Do we need any clearer evidence that Bush and Cheney are war criminals that tortured people they knew were innocent to prop up bogus claims about 9-11 and support their push for war with Iraq? As one guy on 9-11 blogger commented, "This isn’t just evil. This is James Bond super villain evil."

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