Thursday, May 22, 2008

"Sixteen pages authorizing torture..."

Story at

Photo illustration by Chris Mueller, VanityFair

Pictured above on the book cover are: (from left) former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith; former Vice-Presidential Counsel David S. Addington; former White House Counsel and later former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

Story by Philippe Sands in his book, THE GREEN LIGHT, May 2008

The above link provides 16 of the most-riveting pages you’ll ever read about our government’s view and “legal” approval of the “illegal” act of torture of detainees held in our custody.

Background to the Plot: “As the first anniversary of 9/11 approached, and a prized Guantánamo detainee would not talk, the Bush administration’s highest-ranking lawyers argued for extreme interrogation techniques, circumventing international law, the Geneva Conventions, and the army’s own Field Manual.

The government attorneys would even fly to Guantánamo to ratchet up the pressure — then blame abuses on the military. Philippe Sands follows the torture trail, and holds out the possibility of war crimes charges.

The plot, hatched by most of those pictured above, required changing the long-accepted rules on interrogation and a required concerted action. The story is still unfolding today - but know this: There is no statute of limitations on War Crimes (cite: John Deans statement: “… not only should the congress not cede to their requests [Bush administration's], they ought to extend the statute of limitations for another five years, make it a ten year statute of limitations so people would have vulnerability if these can be surfaced and dug out, because it’s the only way to make the point that indeed, these are real laws. Otherwise it’s a joke to even have them.”

Danz View: There is nothing to add except, let's have all the facts, then an investigation, then a trial and then sentencing, for on the surface, they look plenty guilty.

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