Friday, November 04, 2005

CIA Torture Ordered By Cheney

Froomkin breaks the story here:
On NPR yesterday, the former chief of staff to the secretary of state said that he had uncovered a "visible audit trail" tracing the practice of prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers directly back to Vice President Cheney's office.


"Mr. WILKERSON: What happened was that the secretary of Defense, under the cover of the vice president's office, began to create an environment -- and this started from the very beginning when David Addington, the vice president's lawyer, was a staunch advocate of allowing the president in his capacity as commander in chief to deviate from the Geneva Conventions. Regardless of the president having put out this memo, they began to authorize procedures within the armed forces that led to, in my view, what we've seen.


"Mr. WILKERSON: I'm privy to the paperwork, both classified and unclassified, that the secretary of State asked me to assemble on how this all got started, what the audit trail was, and when I began to assemble this paperwork, which I no longer have access to, it was clear to me that there was a visible audit trail from the vice president's office through the secretary of Defense down to the commanders in the field that in carefully couched terms -- I'll give you that -- that to a soldier in the field meant two things: We're not getting enough good intelligence and you need to get that evidence, and, oh, by the way, here's some ways you probably can get it. And even some of the ways that they detailed were not in accordance with the spirit of the Geneva Conventions and the law of war.
Can't say I'm surprised. But if Wilkerson can prove it. O la la.

BTW, Wilkerson is supposed to be on The Lehrer Newshour Tonight.


At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, he can't prove it. He is "no longer privy" to the docs...

At 5:38 AM, Blogger Tate said...

I believe Wilkerson and wish that he had something like The Pentagon Papers to prove Cheney's inhumanity.
is a UK Muslim site with information about the torture victims at Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, the UK's Belmarsh which is just as bad and other sites including mainland America with what information that they have on the victims, addresses to write and send a letter or small gift like the National Geographic and action items like petitions to help stop the atrocities committed in our name with our tax dollars by these insane PNACers who have stolen our government.

At 5:44 AM, Blogger Tate said...

**Urge Congress to Establish Independent Commission to Investigate Detainee Abuse

Urge Congress to adopt legislation to establish an independent commission to investigate allegations of torture and ill-treatment of detainees in US custody and determine responsibility up the chain of command.

Urge Members of Congress to cosponsor and pass H.R. 3003, introduced by Congressman Henry Waxman, or similar legislation establishing an independent commission.

**10/31/2005 1:15:15 PM Eastern Standard Time

Dear Senator/Representative,

As your constituent, I urge you to uphold the long-standing U.S. commitment to oppose torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by supporting the Senate anti-torture amendment, as written, to the Department of Defense Appropriations bill. Any attempt to exempt the CIA, provide a presidential waiver, or provide other qualifications would effectively gut the amendment and put the US in the untenable position of securing the right for the CIA to treat people inhumanely with the President's blessing.

The Senate anti-torture amendment passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 90 to 9. The amendment, offered by Senator McCain a former Prisoner of War in Vietnam, is consistent with long-standing US military doctrine, US constitutional standards and US international commitments. Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, along with 29 other retired generals, admirals and prisoners of war, support the amendment as providing much needed clarity to
soldiers and personnel in the field.

The Amendment implements existing U.S. laws and international commitments. It simply requires the DOD to apply its own Army Field Manual on Interrogations, and it reaffirms the prohibition on the use of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The amendment does not impose or import any standards that the US is not already bound by.

Supporting the Senate anti-torture Amendment as it is written is simply the right thing to do. President Bush said it best in his 2002 State of the Union Address: “America will always stand firm for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity….” The US Army Field Manual itself states, “The use of force
is a poor technique, as it yields unreliable results, may damage subsequent collection efforts, and can induce the source to say whatever he thinks the interrogator wants to hear… Consequently, from both legal and moral viewpoints, the restrictions established by international law, agreements, and customs render threats of force, violence, and deprivation useless as interrogation techniques.”

This is as true today as when the Army Field Manual was written.

Again, I urge you to support the Senate anti-torture amendment to the DOD Appropriations bill.


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