The high-level White House
April 21, 2009 1 Comment
According to Newsweek on April 21, 2009:
The report, an advanced copy of which was provided to several news organizations, draws on newly declassified documents that Levin says bolsters his principal message: That the abuses at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo were not caused by “a few bad apples,” as Bush administration officials repeatedly asserted.
Instead, Levin said in a statement Tuesday, it was the product of high-level White House decisions to utilize a controversial series of “enhanced” and coercive interrogation techniques despite vociferous warnings by U.S. military lawyers and FBI officials that they could subject U.S. officials to prosecutions for torture and war crimes.
High-level White House decisions? Whatever could that mean?
According to Fox News on April 20, 2009:
The former vice president says the biggest task he had was to protect the nation’s security following 9/11 and to ensure such devastation would never happen again. He says many of the policies he set up are currently being dismantled by the Obama administration.
and Cheney is proud of his work:
Now that the memos showing the rulings of interrogation techniques have been released, the Obama administration should release additional documents that show what the interrogations yielded to make it an “honest debate,” former Vice President Dick Cheney told FOX News on Monday.
And on that same day, according to the Boston Globe on April 21, 2009:
In an indication of what Obama has faced in dealing with the issue, his own national intelligence director privately told his workforce last week that the now-banned interrogation methods had indeed produced valuable information — contrary to the White House view that they were not effective.
“High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the Al Qaeda organization that was attacking this country,” Admiral Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff on April 16 as the secret memos were publicly released. A condensed version of the Blair memo was distributed to the media that day without that line.
The original private memo, provided to The New York Times yesterday by a critic of Obama’s policy, provides fodder for Bush administration veterans, like former vice president Dick Cheney, who have argued that the harsh methods helped prevent terrorist attacks.
how convenient. Not that it makes it any less of a war crime…
President Obama left the door open yesterday to creating a bipartisan commission that would investigate the Bush administration’s use of harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects, and did not rule out action by the Justice Department against those who fashioned the legal rationale for those techniques.
I wonder why Obama changed his mind from being opposed to a “truth commission” on April 19, 2009…