[The above clip is an excerpted bit from the Frontline examination of "The Torture Question." There are graphic images from photos taken at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere, as well as some disturbing information presented in this documentary...]
For the Bush Administration, first and foremost, it has been consistently about maintaining a public level of plausible deniability for each and every scandal that has arisen during their tenure in office. Over and over, the phrase we have heard is that an official could not look into particular charges because of "an ongoing criminal investigation."
What that has meant, for close to seven years now, is that when a substantial problem arises in any executive agency, that problem is left to fester - for days, months, even years - while members of the Bush Administration sit back and bide their time, and allow the problem to continue unabated under the cloak of plausible deniability - unless and until someone outside the Administration begins to ask the tough questions that need to be asked.
Seymour Hersh has a blistering example of that directly from former Gen. Antonio Taguba that everyone should read in full. But I want to warn you up front, it is infuriating and utterly disgusting. Read full article here...