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Condoleezza Rice’s top deputy: ‘I do regard the [enhanced] interrogation practices .. as torture’

A senior Bush administration official and former head of the 9/11 Commission has described CIA interrogation techniques used on alleged terrorists as torture and said he warned in a secret memo at the height of the “war on terror” that they breached the US’s own war crimes laws. Philip Zelikow,…

White House refuses Cheney’s demand for an apology

WASHINGTON — The White House Monday rejected a call for an apology by ex-vice president Dick Cheney, who said a US strike against a top Al-Qaeda suspect in Yemen vindicated harsh Bush-era anti-terror policies. Cheney had argued that the US drone attack last week that killed US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi…

Human rights group calls for Bush, top officials to be prosecuted for torture

A leading human rights group said Tuesday that former U.S. President George W. Bush and much of his cabinet should be thoroughly investigated for war crimes. The 107-page Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, “Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees,” presented evidence that top U.S. officials…

Supreme Court rejects Abu Ghraib detainees’ abuse appeal

The Supreme Court Monday rejected an appeal from former detainees at Abu Ghraib, the Baghdad prison U.S. military forces shared use of with the Iraqi government between 2003 and 2006. The detainees wanted to sue U.S. contractors for abuse in interrogation situations, Politico reported. The plaintiffs, Iraqis who had been…

CIA chief’s letter confirms torture did not lead to Osama bin Laden

A private letter from CIA chief Leon Panetta to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) confirms that the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques put in place by the Bush administration did not reveal intelligence about Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the courier that eventually led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden. The letter was obtained…

McCain: Torture did not lead to bin Laden

Waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques didn’t provide the intelligence used to find Osama bin Laden, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) insists. In a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday, the former Republican presidential candidate said that bin Laden’s death shouldn’t be used to justify torture. Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey…

Fox News host doesn’t understand why killing bin Laden is OK but torture isn’t

Fox News’ Chris Wallace doesn’t understand the difference between killing the leader of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization in a military operation and torturing detainees held in U.S. prisons. “We’ll all stipulate that bin Laden was a monster,” Wallace told National Security Advisor Tom Donilon Sunday. “But why is…

Dick Cheney says Obama should reinstate waterboarding program

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that President Barack Obama should put waterboarding back on the table. Intelligence derived from the Bush-era enhanced interrogation program “probably” contributed to the of death Osama bin Laden, Cheney told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “Which raises the question, if we were to now…

Bin Laden death rekindles torture debate

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Osama bin Laden’s death has reignited debate over the George W. Bush administration’s use of harsh interrogation methods, with supporters claiming the program led to the Al-Qaeda leader’s capture. Key intelligence over the identity of a courier — among the few men bin Laden trusted — who…

5 Republicans who still insist torture led to bin Laden

Some Republicans just can’t accept that fact that waterboarding didn’t provide the crucial intelligence leading to the death of Osama bin Laden. The Associated Press reported Monday that the enhanced interrogations techniques put in place by the Bush White House did not reveal intelligence about Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the courier…

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