Lying About Torture


Senate Committee obtains documents and other evidence that “contradict previous accounts by top Bush administration appointees, setting the stage for new clashes between the White House and Congress over the origins of interrogation methods that many lawmakers regard as torture and possibly illegal.” Lawmakers, eh? Well, it’s not just lawmakers who regard illegal torture as torture and illegal, it seems that “military lawyers raised strong concerns about the legality of the practices as early as November 2002.”

We also learn that “Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld started to research the use of waterboarding, stress positions, sensory deprivation and other practices in July 2002, months before memos from commanders at the detention facility in Cuba requested permission to use those measures on suspected terrorists.” Read the whole thing.