‘Top Bush hawks fed on torture’
Posted by musliminsuffer on April 23, 2009
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
=== News Update ===
‘Top Bush hawks fed on torture’
Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:52:08 GMT
Former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld
A Senate report further associates the former US administration with authorization of torture, raising the prospects of high-profile prosecution.
The Senate Armed Services Committee report, which escaped the Department of Defense’s declassification labyrinth after a year on Tuesday, claimed senior aides to the former US president George W. Bush endorsed the torture-aided grilling of the ‘terrorism suspects’.
It brought into attention the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s reported decision on December 2002 to give carte blanche to military interrogators to administer ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ – a euphemism for torture used by the Bush administration.
The practice was reportedly made profuse use of at the US Cuba-based detention facility, Guantanamo, as well as, the prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan run by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Standing out among allegations against the military, since its 2003 invasion of Iraq, are the personnel’s reported “abuse, torture, sodomy and homicide” of the Iraqi prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, which later changed its name to Baghdad Correctional Facility.
The Tuesday report confirmed the application of other methods as “religious disgrace” and “invasion of space by a female.” One suspect was forced “to bark and perform dog tricks” while another was “forced to wear a dog collar and perform dog tricks” in a bid to break down their resistance, AFP said quoting the report’s contents.
The methods were the converted forms of those meant to raise the troops’ tolerance threshold under interrogation by the hostile forces who do not subscribe to the Geneva Conventions’ ban on torture, The Huffington Post reported.
Some like waterboarding, or simulated drowning, had been extracted from the Chinese Communists’ way of eliciting information from the American prisoners of war during the Korean War.
It also confirmed a former Army psychiatrist, Maj. Charles Burney’s 2006 claims that the interrogators had been warned to extract information that justifies the 2003 invasion amid warnings that the coercion may yield falsehood from the pain-riddled prisoners.
“We were not being successful in establishing a link between Al-Qaeda and Iraq. The more frustrated people got in not being able to establish this link… there was more and more pressure to resort to measures that might produce more immediate results,” the medic had said.
The news came after President Barack Obama said he would not object to the prosecution of the former officials.
Carl Levin, under whose supervision the 261-page report was produced, said that the report belied claims by the then political heavyweights, including ex-deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz, that detainee abuses could be chalked up to the unauthorized acts of a “few bad apples.”
The report is “a condemnation of both the Bush administration’s interrogation policies and of senior administration officials who attempted to shift the blame for abuse — such as that seen at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, and Afghanistan — to low ranking soldiers,” Levin added.
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