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Cheney: ’Damn right’ I back Bush use of waterboarding

Cheney: ‘Damn right’ I back Bush use of waterboarding

Raw Story
February 7, 2008

http://youtube.com/watch?v=w2aNncCkSgY

The controversial interrogation technique of waterboarding was a hot topic in a House Judiciary Committee hearing today, at which Attorney General Michael Mukasey said the Justice Department would not investigate the legality of the actions of U.S. interrogators on terror detainees.

CNN’s Situation Room reports that Vice President Dick Cheney, an ardent defender of U.S. tactics in the war on terror, was “defiant” about the use of waterboarding on suspects in an appearance today at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

Cheney said that he supported President Bush’s national security decisions, which included the approval of waterboarding along with other harsh interrogation tactics. “I’ve been proud to stand by [Bush], by the decisions he’s made,” said Cheney, who then asked aloud, “Would I support those decisions today?”

“You’re damn right I would,” he answered himself, to loud cheers.

 

CIA Chief: We Waterboarded

ABC News
February 5, 2008

http://youtube.com/watch?v=HnI-mu_l9AQ

CIA director Michael Hayden confirmed in an open session of Congress Tuesday his agency’s use of an interrogation technique many consider torture — a technique at the center of a national debate on the treatment of U.S. detainees in the war on terror and in the war in Iraq. In acknowledging that CIA officers and contractors used waterboarding on three “high-value” detainees, Hayden revealed information nearly identical to that shared by a former CIA officer last December with ABC News, which prompted the CIA to request a criminal prosecution. Until Hayden’s comments before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today, no senior U.S. intelligence official had publicly acknowledged the technique. Hayden, who prohibited the practice of waterboarding by CIA agents in 2006, confirmed that his agency waterboarded Khalid Sheik Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim Nashiri, in efforts to compel the men to talk. He told senators the agency believed at the time “that additional catastrophic attacks were imminent.” The men told CIA interrogators things that “led to reliable information,” Hayden told reporters after the hearing.

Read Full Article Here

White House Defends Torture Use
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080206/ap..nZq_.f1ms0NUE

Waterboarding is legal, White House says
http://www.latimes..-na-torture7feb07,0,1028317.story

Bush administration acknowledges and defends use of torture technique
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/feb2008/tort-f07.shtml

 


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I heard that Ann Coulter had a fall, broke her jaw, and it is now WIRED SHUT!!

All we need now if for Dick Cheney to hit a fire hydrant with his car, be trapped in the wreckage with the water spraying on his face (a la “waterboarding”) and we will KNOW there is a God with a sense of humor!

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