CIA destroys tapes of harsh questioning
nlund at gmu.edu
Sun Dec 9 09:00:17 PST 2007
Janet Alexander wrote:
> . . . .
> Alas, if actions to end the war since the Democrats became a majority
> are any indication, torturers have little to fear from Democratic
> control of the political branches.
> Janet Alexander
Today's Washington Post
has a long story that begins as follows:
"In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a
first look at a unique CIA
program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism
suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan
group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention
sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to
make their prisoners talk.
"Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was
waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as
torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill
But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two
lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S.
I have no way of knowing whether this, or anything else in the story is
true, and I don't assume that this list is an appropriate forum for
debating the issue. But in light of previous discussions, I thought some
others might be interested.
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