Wednesday, April 09, 2008

I'm not surprised

Sources: Top Bush Advisors Approved 'Enhanced Interrogation'

So reads the headline at ABC News.
In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House, the most senior Bush administration officials discussed and approved specific details of how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency, sources tell ABC News.

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Highly placed sources said a handful of top advisers signed off on how the CIA would interrogate top al Qaeda suspects -- whether they would be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called waterboarding.

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At the time, the Principals Committee included Vice President Cheney, former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General John Ashcroft.

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As the national security adviser, Rice chaired the meetings, which took place in the White House Situation Room and were typically attended by most of the principals or their deputies.

Well, I certainly did not think this was all the work of Addington, Haynes, Gonzales, and Yoo.

I hope these folks do lots of travel abroad in future years.

h/t to Joe Sudbay at Americablog

UPDATE:
Video from ABC thanks to Red no more at Daily Kos:



--the BB

1 comment:

Grandmère Mimi said...

No surprises there. Just confirmation of what we already knew. Remember when we thought that George Tenet and Colin Powell were the good guys trying to restrain the mad dogs?

And mustn't we assign a few good marks to Ashcroft, considering what and who followed in the Justice Department?