The Huffington Post's Dan Froomkin wants us to stop the whitewash of recent history currently in progress. History is likely to judge Bush most harshly for two things in particular: Launching a war against a country that had not attacked us, and approving the use of cruel and inhumane interrogation techniques. And that's why the [...]
I agree with Digby, and thank Richard Clarke for pointing out that the trauma of September 11, 2001, is no excuse for bad decisions made by government leaders. As Clarke writes: Yet listening to Cheney and Rice, it seems that they want to be excused for the measures they authorized after the attacks on the [...]
Andrew Sullivan is correct: we should condemn the Associated Press for equivocating on whether waterboarding is torture. It is. And, as I’ve discussed earlier, it has been acknowledged as such by tyrants and despots since the 17th Century. As Sullivan writes: So why cannot the AP tell the truth? An excellent question.
ThinkProgress looks at Congressional testimony at which we learn that “water treatment” is apparently different from “waterboarding.” Murat Kurnaz, “freed from Guantanamo in 2006 after a personal plea from German Chancellor Angela Merkel,” detailed the gross abuses he underwent in U.S. custody yesterday. Kurnaz said he was subjected to “water treatment” which involved a “strong [...]
For once, I agree with former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who reportedly said this about meetings discussed in this ABC News report: In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House, the most senior Bush administration officials discussed and approved specific details of how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be interrogated by the [...]