Skip to comments.In new memoir, Bush makes clear he approved use of waterboarding
Posted on 11/08/2010 11:37:29 AM PST by Mikey_1962
Human rights experts have long pressed the administration of former president George W. Bush for details of who bore ultimate responsibility for approving the simulated drownings of CIA detainees, a practice that many international legal experts say was illicit torture.
In a memoir due out Tuesday, Bush makes clear that he personally approved the use of that coercive technique against alleged Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheik Mohammed, an admission the human rights experts say could one day have legal consequences for him.
In his book, titled "Decision Points," Bush recounts being asked by the CIA whether it could proceed with waterboarding Mohammed, who Bush said was suspected of knowing about still-pending terrorist plots against the United States. Bush writes that his reply was "Damn right" and states that he would make the same decision again to save lives, according to a someone close to Bush who has read the book.
Bush previously had acknowledged endorsing what he described as the CIA's "enhanced" interrogation techniques - a term meant to encompass irregular, coercive methods - after Justice Department officials and other top aides assured him they were legal. "I was a big supporter of waterboarding," Vice President Richard B. Cheney acknowledged in a television interview in February.
The Justice Department later repudiated some of the underlying legal analysis for the CIA effort. But Bush told an interviewer a week before leaving the White House that "I firmly reject the word 'torture,' " and he reiterates that view in the book. Reuters and the New York Times first published accounts of the book's contents Tuesday evening.
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The WaPoo sounds like they are fans of KSM.
Then again so is the Obama Administration who are treating him as a common criminal and not an enemy of the State.
GOOD!! Wait until the next building or city gets levelled by the Jihadis, we’ll see its return in spades!
Well, he’s already said that before. Of course he did.
A a good thing it was, too.
They were used against a self-confessed participant in terrorism and the technique yielded data that was used to thwart a number of subsquent terrorist attacks (including the bomb plot on Heathrow airport).
KSM is still alive by the way. So the scare stories that he might have died are false.
Where are the war crime trials for the terrorists who kill women and children in Iraq?
I’ve never seen the problem with waterboarding. Seems quite humane under the circumstances.
Hmm, so he needed to make a decision then and there to keep anther attack from happening instead of taking months on end to make the decision like Obama?
As an American citizen, for use against the enemy, I approve too.
The same people who objected are the sames ones who objected to us putting panties on their heads.
I guess I’m supposed to be really, really mad now, right?
Only if you’re pals with the ACLU and the flaming terrorists; otherwise, no.
And if I recall correctly, so did that witch Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats who were asked about it.
And there are people in Great Britain and Los Angeles that are alive today because we waterboarded that piece of crap KSM, although you don’t hear about it anymore.
Bush: “The buck stops here.”
0bama: “What buck? I never saw any buck. It’s Bush’s fault. Bush must have stolen the buck.”
Notice how the debate over is water boarding torture just kind of faded away. They lost but still it is just assumed by Big Media that it is.