Thursday, December 08, 2005

Bush and Torture | by Lawrence R. Velvel

Velvel on National Affairs: Re: Blogs, Bush and Torture: "The article further said that this technique was approved under a new 'set of secret rules for the interrogation of high-level Qaeda prisoners,' that these rules were 'among the first adopted by the Bush administration' for handling detainees after Sept. 11th 'and may have helped establish a new understanding throughout the government that officials would have greater freedom to deal harshly with detainees.' (Emphasis added.) 'The C.I.A. detention program for Qaeda leaders,' says the article, 'is the most secretive component of an intensive regime of detention and interrogation,' and 'The secret detention system houses a group of 12 to 20 prisoners, government officials said, some under direct American control, others ostensibly under the supervision of foreign governments.' (Emphasis added.) Moreover, the 'high-level detainees . . . have been held in strict secrecy. Their whereabouts are such closely guarded secrets that one official said he had been told that Mr. Bush had informed the CIA that he did not want to know where they were.' (Emphasis added.)

Now, I ask you, does all of this sound like George Bush had no idea that prisoners were being held abroad for torture and were being handed over to foreign governments for torture? Why do I think the answer to this is negative? If the article is correct, what we have here is a super secret program to get information out of the Qaeda leaders by any means necessary at foreign locations, with the whole business being so secret that Bush doesn't even want to know where the prisoners are being held. Does this sound like a guy who has no idea what is going on, or like a guy who knows perfectly well what is going on, desires it so that we will obtain information, and is trying to set up a false claim of lack of knowledge by being able to say, if the you know what ever hits the fan, that he didn't even know where the pertinent events"

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