Smoking Gun on Torture

November 8, 2007 at 4:52 am | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, Torture | 3 Comments

Steve Benen writes about ABC’s recent report on the rendition of al Libi. It seems there is documentary evidence the United States government not only knew he would be tortured but they USED his false confessions as evidence to invade Iraq!

Under torture after his rendition to Egypt, al Libi had provided a confession of how Saddam Hussein had been training al Qaeda in chemical weapons. This evidence was used by Colin Powell at the United Nations a year earlier (February 2003) to justify the war in Iraq. (”I can trace the story of a senior terrorist operative telling how Iraq provided training in these [chemical and biological] weapons to al Qaeda,” Powell said. “Fortunately, this operative is now detained, and he has told his story.”)

Except, of course, his story was bogus, and the result of torture and rendition.

Here was a cable then that informed Washington that one of the key pieces of evidence for the Iraq war — the al Qaeda/Iraq link — was not only false but extracted by effectively burying a prisoner alive.

Although there have been claims about torture inflicted on those rendered by the CIA to countries like Egypt, Syria, Morocco and Uzbekistan, this is the first clear example of such torture detailed in an official government document.

It is refreshing, and ultimately sad, to see the documented evidence of real wrongdoing. In a just world, numerous members of the Bush administration (including Bush and Cheney) would be tried for war crimes and high treason for violating the Constitution.

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  1. In a just world, numerous members of the Bush administration (including Bush and Cheney) would be tried for war crimes and high treason for violating the Constitution.

    Americans are unwilling and/or unable to admit that such a thing can or could happen here. By definition, Americans don’t do or condone this kind of thing. Since Bush is an American, he therefore obviously didn’t do it, didn’t condone it, didn’t go along with it.

    QED.

  2. yeah, the blame can fall squarely on the shoulders of Powell .. exploited much ??

    http://mediamatters.org/items/200510270014

  3. Trudy,

    That’s because Powell is “respected” and “innocent” and can’t have been bamboozled like the rest of ’em. He’s supposed to be super duper smart and all.

    Mr. Powell, you should have spoken up when you had the chance.


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