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Torture Is Their Pornography (Updated) 0

From the Guardian:

In his new book, Torture Team, Philippe Sands QC, professor of law at University College London, reveals that:

· Senior Bush administration figures pushed through previously outlawed measures with the aid of inexperienced military officials at Guantánamo.

· Myers believes he was a victim of “intrigue” by top lawyers at the department of justice, the office of vice-president Dick Cheney, and at Donald Rumsfeld’s defence department.

· The Guantánamo lawyers charged with devising interrogation techniques were inspired by the exploits of Jack Bauer in the American TV series 24.

· Myers wrongly believed interrogation techniques had been taken from the army’s field manual.

The lawyers, all political appointees, who pushed through the interrogation techniques were Alberto Gonzales, David Addington and William Haynes. Also involved were Doug Feith, Rumsfeld’s under-secretary for policy, and Jay Bybee and John Yoo, two assistant attorney generals.

Via Le Show.

Addendum, 4/21/2008:


Career military men know better than anyone that torture violates American principles, puts American soldiers at risk and just plain doesn’t work. But when the White House adopted torture as an interrogation tactic, senior military officials didn’t resist.

One reason, of course, is that many who might have objected to Vice President Cheney’s torture cabal were bypassed or moved out of the way. Others just followed orders.

But a new report suggests that at least one man who couldn’t be entirely bypassed — and who should have known better — fell victim to another tactic: He was duped.

Follow the link for a discussion of whose fault this was.


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