Why Bush/Cheney chose to torture.....
The military agency that provided advice on harsh interrogation techniques for use against terrorism suspects referred to the application of extreme duress as " torture" in a July 2002 document sent to the Pentagon's chief lawyer and warned that it would produce " unreliable information."
What "unreliable information" did Bush/Cheney want produced?
"While we were there a large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between al Qaida and Iraq and we were not being successful in establishing a link between al Qaida and Iraq," Army psychiatrist Maj. Paul Burney is quoted in the Senate report as saying about Guantánamo. "The more frustrated people got in not being able to establish this link … there was more and more pressure to resort to measures that might produce more immediate results."
What "unreliable information" did Bush/Cheney-ordered torture produce?
Al-Libi, an al-Qaeda operative, was interrogated by both the United States and Egypt, and—as was publicly reported—tortured by Egyptian authorities. During these sessions, he claimed that Iraq had trained members of al-Qaeda to use chemical and biological weapons.
….in January 2004, al-Libi recanted his confession. He said that he had invented the information because he was afraid of being further abused by his interrogators. The CIA withdrew the intelligence.
Which "torture memo" tactic was used on al-Libi?
As al-Libi recounted, he was stuffed into a box less than 20 inches high. When the box was opened 17 hours later, al-Libi said he was given one final opportunity to ‘tell the truth.’ He was knocked to the floor and ‘ punched for 15 minutes.’ It was only then that, al-Libi said, he made up the story about Iraqi weapons training
How was the "unreliable information", produced through torturing, used by Bush/Cheney?
the account extracted from al-Libi was used by President Bush as the prime basis for a key assertion in his Oct. 7, 2002, speech in Cincinnati about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime. "We've learned that Iraq has trained Al Qaeda members in bomb making and poisons and deadly gases," Bush said in the speech, just days before Congress voted on the White House-requested resolution authorizing the president to go to war against Iraq.
In his Feb. 5, 2003, speech to the U.N. Security Council, Powell made the same claim, referring for the first time to the United States government's source for the assertion. "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." Although Powell never identified the operative by name, CIA officials-and a Senate Intelligence Committee report-have since confirmed it was al-Libi.
When President George W. Bush ordered the 2006 transfer to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, of high-value detainees previously held in CIA custody, Libi was pointedly missing.
Libi was captured fleeing Afghanistan in late 2001, and he vanished into the secret detention system run by the Bush administration.
A former CIA high-value detainee, who provided bogus information that was cited by the Bush administration in the run-up to the Iraq war, has died in a Libyan prison, an apparent suicide, according to a Libyan newspaper.
Was al-Libi's tortured, and thus, unreliable confession doubted by intelligence officials?
The Defense Intelligence Agency and some analysts at the CIA had questioned the veracity of Libi's testimony, which was obtained after the prisoner was transferred to Egyptian custody for questioning by the CIA, according to Senate investigators.
The above information is the reason Richard Cheney is currently conducting a "torture saved lives" tour through American media. Chrissy Matthews keeps asking, "what's Cheney up to?" It doesn't take a PHD in nuclear fission to figure it out. Cheney says on his tour that he's talking now because he believes Obama, by ending torture, is making America less safe. Obviously, that's a whopper of a lie. The truth is that the case I've detailed above is now making Cheney's ass less safe, Cheney is fully aware of that fact, and he's trying, pre-emptively, to taint any potential jury pool. Cheney is doing his best to muddy up the "torture" waters in order to create "reasonable doubt."
There is not one doubt that Bush/Cheney ordered torture, and later "legalized torture" memos, to produce knowingly phony al-Qaeda/Iraq ties, later used to persuade Congress, the U.N. and the American people that there was an imminent threat from Saddam Hussein requiring our invasion and occupation.
There is also no doubt, now, that Bush/Cheney have proven to be far worst terrorists than Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden killed 3000 Americans on 9-11. Bush/Cheney have killed 4200 American soldiers, so far, in their terrorist attack on Iraq. Not to mention the hundred thousand dead Iraqi civilians.
There's only one just solution for all of this.
George W. Bush and Richard Cheney should be tried for treason, convicted based on overwhelming evidence and then hung from a rope until they are dead.
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