Saturday, April 27, 2013

Condoleezza Rice defends torture, confirms Bush’s role in the program in new video clip

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Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

In a video for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Condoleezza Rice defends the United States’ torture program and confirms the role of Bush in the program itself.

The fact that Bush authorized waterboarding is not just now being revealed. Indeed, it has been known since he published his memoir.

However, as the ACLU points out, “What comes as a bit of a shock, perhaps, is how candid Rice is about the role of President Bush himself in authorizing torture.”

“Now Rice has confirmed that President Bush himself was involved in vetting the CIA’s request for approval to torture,” Alexander Abdo, staff attorney for the ACLU’s National Security Project writes.

“The president asked two very important questions in the decision to use these techniques,” Rice says. “He asked the CIA if it was necessary and he asked the Justice Department if it was legal. Both departments answered yes.”

“Only when he was satisfied that we could protect both our liberties and our security did he signal that we could go ahead,” former Secretary of State Rice says in the clip.

In the clip originally obtained by Foreign Policy, which is only 49 seconds long, Rice also claims that torture actually kept Americans safe after September 11, 2001.

“The fact that we have not had a successful attack on our territory traces directly to those difficult decisions,” Rice says in the brief portion of the five-minute video presentation.

“We couldn’t disagree more,” Abdo wrote.

This is far from baseless opinion. In a 2004 special review, the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General itself concluded that “[t]he effectiveness of particular interrogation techniques in eliciting information that might not otherwise have been obtained cannot be so easily measured.”

In other words, even the inspector general of the CIA itself wouldn’t come out and say that the “enhanced interrogation techniques” actually worked.

Furthermore, a study published in March of last year revealed that torture is not only unexpectedly harsh but is also ineffective.

The researcher “found that in order for torture to generate even the smallest amount of actionable intelligence the state must make the supposedly ‘rational’ calculation to actually ‘torture innocent detainees for telling the truth in order to maintain torture as a threat against those who withhold information.’”

Abdo argues that beyond the fact that torture itself is not nearly as effective as apologists like Rice and others claim, it has also actually harmed our national security.

“Torture served as a recruiting tool for our enemies, and experienced American interrogators dissented from the use of torture, arguing that it didn’t work and would produce false statements that would waste time, even if it occasionally produced truthful ones,” Abdo said.

“The level of denial among torture supporters is astounding in the face of all of the evidence confirming that U.S. policy was in fact torture, including this month’s comprehensive bipartisan report from The Constitution Project,” Abdo added.

Yet we still know very little about the torture program and the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,000-page report remains hidden from public eyes.

As such, the ACLU urges Americans to contact members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and tell them to release the 6,000-page factual report to the public.

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Hide Behind said...

"It would do no good to complain to GOD as He, She, or It is always busy elsewhere. And torture is what the asshole has in store for anyone He, She, or It dislikes.
So being of the least godlike I just avoid all those who willfully joined in the destruction of Iraq and a lot of other places.
I am not even up to the status of a good Samaritan in their case either; For if I seen any of them laying in mortal agony along the road but knew they could be saved, I would just piss on them all and be on my way.

Anonymous said...

Arrest, Try & EXECUTE this Traitor NOW!!!

Ian said...

He is a war criminal. Along with Blair. They will attempt self-justification, but there can be no justification for torture. Except for this pair of diabolic, power crazy idiots. I would, quite willingly, agree with the biblical phrase " eye for an eye..." in their case, and also those sycophants that went along with their schemes. That includes rice. Shouldn't rice be boiled to make it soft and palatable for humans?

Anonymous said...

Rice should be given an electric chair for strictly personal and mandatory and immediate use on 25.1.13.

Anonymous said...

The kicker is that Ms. Rice calls herself a born-again Christian.

I truly believe the moment after her last mortal breath, she's going to find out first hand how her Creator handles situations like this.

And Condi... I don't think you'll be confusing it for a vacation.

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