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  • Bush: "Damn Right" I Approved Waterboarding

    11/04/2010 8:01:38 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies · 1+ views
    <p>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.</p>
  • Sept. 11 mastermind was waterboarded 183 times in delousing effort

    08/11/2010 9:04:50 PM PDT · by orwell2112 · 8 replies
    wineandexcrement.com (satire) ^ | Aug. 10, 2011 (republished) | Sisyphus
    WASHINGTON – Responding to Justice Department memos declassified by the Obama administration last week, former Bush administration officials claim that CIA agents who repeatedly waterboarded Sept. 11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed were not bent on torture but simply treating a raging case of head lice and dandruff. Fecal Harpy, a spokeswoman for former Vice President Dick Cheney, said Obama’s decision to release the memos had forced Cheney and other members of the Bush administration to counter with their own disclosures of sensitive information. Cheney was a tireless advocate of waterboarding in the aftermath of 9-11. “We hate to do this,...
  • Omission cited in destruction of interrogation videos

    07/28/2010 12:56:57 PM PDT · by begemot2 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2010 Jul 26 | Matt Apuzzo
    Officer left names of lawyers off note By Matt Apuzzo Associated Press / July 26, 2010, Monday WASHINGTON — When the CIA sent word in 2005 to destroy scores of videos showing waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics, there was an unusual omission in the carefully worded memo: the names of two agency lawyers. [...] But when the CIA’s top clandestine officer, Jose Rodriguez, told a colleague at the agency’s secret prison in Thailand to destroy interrogation videos, he left the lawyers off the note. [rest of article deleted for copyright reasons]
  • George Bush admits US waterboarded 9/11 mastermind (Says He'd have done it again if it saved lives)

    06/03/2010 10:09:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 863+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 06/03/2010 | Paul Owens
    George Bush admitted the US waterboarded 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. George Bush admitted yesterday that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was waterboarded by the US, and said he would do it again "to save lives". "Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," the former president told a business audience in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "I'd do it again to save lives." Waterboarding is a simulated drowning technique that the Obama administration has said is torture. Mohammed was captured in Pakistan in 2003 and is the most senior al-Qaida operative in US custody. In his speech, Bush...
  • 'I'd do it again' former President Bush tells Grand Rapids crowd about waterboarding terrorists

    06/03/2010 7:07:35 AM PDT · by pissant · 28 replies · 1,317+ views
    M-Live ^ | 6/3/10 | Ted Roleofs
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Former President George W. Bush was by turns affable, relaxed -- and deadly serious in his local appearance Wednesday. "Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Bush said of the terrorist who master-minded the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. He said that event shaped his presidency and convinced him the nation was in a war against terror. "I'd do it again to save lives."
  • Katee Sackhoff on 24 and the nlikely thrill of being waterboarded [Spoiler warning]

    05/05/2010 3:06:59 PM PDT · by SnakeDoctor · 22 replies · 1,383+ views
    Movieline ^ | May 3, 2010 | Kyle Buchanan
    [...] Your character got waterboarded in last week’s episode. What was your reaction when you got that script? Well, when I first read it, I thought, “It’s about time they do something to this poor girl.” [Laughs] I was excited to do it because I’ve never been waterboarded, and I thought it would really be kind of fun. We tried to do it with a tube in my mouth, which just made it completely difficult, so I was like, “You guys are just gonna have to waterboard me.” They were like, “Are you sure you’re OK?” and I was like,...
  • Waterboarding is Cruel and Inhumane; let’s vaporize them instead!

    03/18/2010 7:34:27 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies · 202+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-18-10 | Wordsmith
    “we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden,” -Attorney General, Eric Holder, March 16, 2010 President Obama may have felt squeamish about the belly slap and facial holds implemented by the CIA on 30% of the 100 or so graduates of the CIA program (that gave us upward of 60% of what we learned about al Qaeda), including the 3 waterboardees, but he certainly has no qualms over the killing of 400-500 militants, along with those civilians unfortunate enough to have been in the vicinity of Drone attacks. The latest to bite the dust is...
  • CBS's Bob Schieffer: White House May Have to Waterboard Dems to Pass Health Care

    03/15/2010 10:34:49 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies · 1,396+ views
    CBS's Bob Schieffer: White House May Have to Waterboard Dems to Pass Health Care By Alex Fitzsimmons Created 03/15/2010 - 12:51 The White House may have to waterboard its congressional allies to compel enough Democrats to support the health care bill and Congress will definitely have to raise taxes if the bill passes, insisted Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation on CBS, this morning on The Early Show. [Audio available here [1].] As liberals focus on extending coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, Schieffer departed from the liberal talking points by pointing out that the current bill would definitely...
  • Waterboarding For Dummies

    03/10/2010 9:22:39 AM PST · by Humbucker · 37 replies · 987+ views
    Salon.com ^ | Mar 9, 2010 | Mark Benjamin
    Interrogators pumped detainees full of so much water that the CIA turned to a special saline solution to minimize the risk of death, the documents show. The agency used a gurney "specially designed" to tilt backwards at a perfect angle to maximize the water entering the prisoner's nose and mouth, intensifying the sense of choking – and to be lifted upright quickly in the event that a prisoner stopped breathing. The documents also lay out, in chilling detail, exactly what should occur in each two-hour waterboarding "session." Interrogators were instructed to start pouring water right after a detainee exhaled, to...
  • Newly Released CIA Memos-Additional Proof That Congress Knew All About Waterboarding

    03/08/2010 8:53:00 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 88+ views
    The LID/Judicial Watch ^ | 3/8/2010 | The Lid
    Last month the CIA released the first batch of documents regarding congressional briefings on enhanced interrogation techniques(EITs). The documents were released on judges orders based on a freedom of information act request by Judicial Watch. That initial batch proved that Speaker Nancy Pelosi was lying when she said she wasn't told about EITs: Last year, Pelosi said she was only briefed once on the advanced interrogation methods, in September 2002. At the time, Pelosi was the House Minority Whip and top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. She said in May 2009 that CIA briefers told her that "the use...
  • U.S. Rep. William Delahunt shells out $500G from coffers (the next Dem to retire?)

    02/27/2010 4:10:55 AM PST · by Palmetto Patriot · 21 replies · 668+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/26/2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    U.S. Rep. William Delahunt blew nearly $560,000 in campaign cash last year - much of it on lavish meals and a family-friendly payroll that includes his ex-wife, son-in-law and daughter - stoking speculation the Quincy Democrat is emptying his war chest and won’t seek re-election. -snip- Delahunt told the Herald last week that he was still weighing whether to seek re-election, but Democratic Party sources have privately indicated his departure is anticipated - and expected to draw a host of candidates-in-waiting out of the woodwork.
  • Dems' Sneak Attack on CIA Fails

    02/25/2010 9:35:59 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 7 replies · 674+ views
    Powerlineblog.com ^ | 02/26/10 | John Hinderaker
    While our attention was elsewhere, the Democratic Party launched a disgraceful sneak attack against our intelligence professionals. The Democrats attempted to subject anyone who interrogates a terrorist in a less than gentle manner--for example, by "exploiting the phobias of the individual," which refers to the notorious caterpillar in the cell--to 15 years' imprisonment. As usual, Andy McCarthy blows the whistle on the Democrats' perfidy: [T]his shows how politicized law-enforcement has become under the Obama Democrats. They could have criminalized waterboarding at any time since Jan. 20, 2009. But they waited until now. Why? Because if they had tried to do...
  • While America is Distracted by Health Care Summit The House is Going to War Against the CIA

    02/25/2010 1:04:07 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 331+ views
    The Lid/washington examiner/NRO ^ | 2/25/2010 | The Lid
    While we are all distracted by the health care summit the House has decided to declare war on the CIA. Just before the debate began on the 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 2701) it was learned that the progressive Democrats have slipped into the bill a new provision that would establish criminal punishments for CIA agents and other intelligence officials who engage in "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" during interrogations. The amendment, called the "Cruel, Inhuman And Degrading Interrogations Prohibition Act" of 2010, lists several prohibited acts, including waterboarding, "forcing the individual to be naked, perform sexual acts, or pose...
  • CIA briefed 68 lawmakers on interrogation program

    02/24/2010 2:17:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 799+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/23/10 | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CIA officials briefed at least 68 U.S. lawmakers between 2001 and 2007 on enhanced interrogation methods like simulated drowning that were being considered or used against captured al Qaeda members, .. The once-secret CIA papers, obtained in a lawsuit by the conservative legal foundation Judicial Watch, shed new light on which lawmakers knew the details of the controversial interrogation program and when. ... The declassified memos show the program began after the capture of al Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi-born Palestinian .. In a statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence dated April 12, 2007,...
  • New CIA Evidence Reveals Pelosi Lied About No Water Board Briefings

    02/23/2010 7:52:12 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 12 replies · 755+ views
    The LID/Judicial Watch ^ | 2/23/2010 | The Lid
    Today was the beginning of the era of reckoning for Nancy Pelosi's claims about the CIA briefings on water boarding You may remember that Pelosi first denied being briefed about enhanced interrogation techniques, then said she was briefed but was never told they would be used, and finally she was told but didn't say anything because there was nothing she could do about it. And throughout it all, she claimed that the CIA lied to her. For his part, Leon Panetta, Democrat, former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff, and head of the CIA, sent a letter to his troops that...
  • CIA: Pelosi Was Briefed about Water Boarding, Advised It Was in Use, & Raised no Objections

    02/23/2010 4:46:04 AM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 36 replies · 1,368+ views
    FOX News ^ | Feb. 23, 2010
    TV report, no article yet
  • Cleared ! Bush-Era Lawyers Cleared of Misconduct For Water-Boarding Memos

    02/19/2010 7:07:22 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 298+ views
    The Lid/Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/19/2010 | The Lid
    Six months ago Attorney General Holder announced an unprecedented investigation. For the the first time in American History, a new administration had launched a politically motivated legal investigation against its predecessor, as the Obama administration went after the lawyers who wrote the legal decisions blessing enhanced interrogation techniques such as water-boarding for the Bush Administration." This evening the two lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee were cleared of professional misconduct in connection those memorandums authorizing harsh interrogations. Interestingly, the ethics lawyers in the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), concluded that two department lawyers had demonstrated “professional misconduct.” It said the...
  • Media Uses Story of Child Abuse as a Teachable Moment of Bush-Era “Torture” Practices

    02/09/2010 9:48:09 AM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 291+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-08-10 | Wordsmith
    This story, about a U.S. soldier who abused his child by holding her head under water for not saying her abc's, is disgusting: An Army sergeant who served in Iraq for 15 months has been restricted to his Washington military base after being accused of waterboarding his 4-year-old daughter because she refused to recite her ABCs. But what I'd like to take umbrage with is how the media has decided to take this act of child abuse and water torture to draw an equivalence to the CIA enhanced interrogation program, which included the waterboarding of 3 known high-value terrorists, resistant...
  • US soldier gives four-year-old daughter 'waterboarding' over alphabet

    02/08/2010 8:42:28 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 75 replies · 1,882+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 02/08/2010
    Joshua Tabor allegedly told police he had used the technique because he was angry and knew his daughter was scared of water. The 27-year-old, who had recently gained custody of the young girl, said she "squirmed" as he pushed her under the water three or four times, it was claimed. Waterboarding is a controversial torture technique used by the CIA to interrogate al Qaeda suspects at Guantanamo Bay, where water is poured over detainees so they think they are drowning. Mr Tabor, from the Lewis-McChord base in Tacoma, Washington, was arrested after he was seen wearing a Kevlar military helmet...
  • Pelosi Forced To Face Truth Court Orders CIA To Release Documents From Briefings About Waterboarding

    02/02/2010 12:05:34 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 9 replies · 1,094+ views
    The LID/Judicial Watch ^ | 2/2/2010 | The Lid
    There is that old adage, It isn't paranoia if they really are out to get you. And there certainly is a little of that in the CIA briefing exploits of Nancy Pelosi, but the truth is most of her embarrassment last spring was self-inflicted. The worst part of it all (for her) is that she probably still doesn't get it. But she will have an opportunity to get it now. The US District Court for the District of Columbia has Ordered the CIA to turn over all documents relating to congressional briefings on “enhanced interrogation techniques.”