The Senate Armed Services Committee report concludes that harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA and the U.S. military were directly adapted from the training techniques used to prepare special forces personnel to resist interrogation by enemies that torture and abuse prisoners. The techniques included forced nudity, painful stress positions, sleep deprivation, and until 2003, waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning.
The report is the result of a nearly two-year investigation that directly links President Bush's policies after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, legal memos on torture, and interrogation rule changes with the abuse photographed at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq four years ago. Much of the report remains classified. Unclassified portions of the report were released by the committee Thursday.
Administration officials publicly blamed the abuses on low-level soldiers-- the work ''of a few bad apples.'' Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., called that ''both unconscionable and false.''
''The message from top officials was clear; it was acceptable to use degrading and abusive techniques against detainees,'' Levin said.
I never understood why the military has supported the creeps from BushCo., when they are the ones who wind up taking the rap for torture and prisoner abuses created and condoned by the civilians at the top. Just a few bad apples, they say. As usual, Don Rumsfeld's hack spokesman, Lawrence Di Rita, disputes the report. They should all go to hell. And I hope John Yoo leads the way.
As Rachel Maddow reported this Wednesday, despite the Bush administration's best efforts to destroy every copy of internal memo from former State Department counselor Philip Zelikow, one copy survived and has been obtained by Wired Magazine and the Read more...