Bush DOJ / CIA Torture Memos Outline Dubious Application of US Law to Interrogation of Qaeda Operatives
Written by Bush Administration Deputy and Assistant Attorney Generals John Yoo, Jay Bybee, and Steven Bradbury for the benefit of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) counsel, the four so-called “torture memos”released by Obama’s Department of Justice outline water boarding and a number of other interrogation techniques that permitted to be applied to government detainees suspected of being involved with al Qaeda plots against American interests.
The full text of the memos below the following excerpts.
“A flexible false wall will be constructed. The individual is placed with his heels touching the wall: The interrogator pulls the individual forward and then quickly and firmly pushes the individual into the wall. It is the individual’s shoulder blades that hit the wall. During this motion, the head and neck are supported with a rolled hood or towel that provides a c-collar effect to help prevent whiplash…
You have orally informed us that the false wall is in part constructed to create a loud sound when the individual hits it, which will further shock or surprise the individual. In part, the idea is to create a sound that will make the impact seem far worse than it is and that will be far worse than any injury that might result from the action.”
3,000+ GI’s killed to allow Iraqis to vote. 8 AG’s dismissed to disallow Americans to vote.
It appears the free and unimpeded right to vote is no longer an American virtue in the view of George Bush. It has become clear that one of the reasons for the Karl Rove directed firings of 8 US Attorneys by the Justice Department was to enable the White House to gain greater control over a deliberate vote suppression strategy initiated by former AG John Ashcroft.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Contrary to his public statements, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was deeply involved in the firing of eight federal prosecutors, his former top aide said Thursday, adding that the final decision on who was to be dismissed was made by Gonzales and President Bush’s former counsel.
“I don’t think the attorney general’s statement that he was not involved in any discussions of U.S. attorney removals was accurate,” Kyle Sampson, who quit this month as Gonzales’ chief of staff, told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I remember discussing with him this process of asking certain U.S. attorneys to resign.”
Responding to questions from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Sampson rejected the notion that the dismissals were ordered by young or inexperienced Justice Department officials.
“The decision makers in this case were the attorney general and the counsel to the president,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I and others made staff recommendations but they were approved and signed off on by the principals.”
The White House response was notably muted.
“I’m going to have to let the attorney general speak for himself,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.
Sampson’s testimony and thousands of e-mails released over the past two weeks point to a much deeper involvement by Gonzales and then- White House counsel Harriet Miers in discussions taking place over several months about which U.S. attorneys to fire.
“The attorney general was aware of this process from the beginning in early 2005,” Sampson testified Thursday. “He and I had discussions about it during the thinking phase of the process. Then in the more final phase … he asked me to make sure that the process was appropriate.”
Gonzales said on March 13 that he did not participate in discussions or see any documents about the firings. Documents released last week show he attended a Nov. 27 meeting with senior aides on the topic, where he approved a detailed plan to carry out the dismissals. Gonzales later recanted, saying he had signed off on the plan to fire the prosecutors.