Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Torturous Bush Presidency was a Cabal of War Criminals

"We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will. We've got to spend time in the shadows..." - Dick Cheney

Sunlight is the best disinfectant. The US finally released a report on the Torture used at the behest and urging of the Bush/Cheney Regime shedding light on one of the most heinous, unconscionable crimes of the 21st Century. Of course, We, the People and the rest of the World have known for over a decade the Bush/Cheney Regime requested, created, oversaw and protected the Use of Torture or as it euphemistically became known as "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques".

Right after 9/11 Dick Cheney told the Nation and the World, the New American Policy was Torture. Who would be tortured? Anyone. Everyone. Innocence and Guilt were non-factors. Bush and Cheney wanted Torture.

Whole sections of the Executive Branch were devoted to making Torture Official US Policy, the Justice Department was co-opted into crafting "legal" arguments for the efficacy of Torture and the rescinding of the "quaint" Geneva Conventions. White House officials made repeated Sunday Talk Show appearances hinting at the dozens of plots stopped by Torture. Jack Bauer would save Fox America through Torture. Torture was the Universal Panacea of the Bush White House.

But, Americans have known since the Philippine Insurrection, that Torture is wrong. Until 2001 and the Bush/Cheney Regime and their duped or willing accomplices. A Harvard Student Research Paper found that when Americans learned of the Abu Gharib scandal suddenly Bush Torture Lawyers began to push the notion of "Harsh" or "Enhanced Interrogation" methods to their media contacts and the Media stopped calling referring to The Bush Regime's War Crimes Torture and began to pretend as though there was a hotly contested debate about what is and what isn't Torture. Thus, we magically invented "two sides" of the Torture issue.

The report is just the latest reveal of the brutal War Crimes committed by the Bush Regime. And those war crimes were enabled by the worst Traitors in American History: Conservatives.

So, while Torture doesn't work it was successful,
"The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome. But we’ve had this discussion. We’ve closed the book on it, and we’ve stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome." - Andrea Tantaros
Awesome?!? What childish drivel. What codswallop. Either Awesome Tantaros and many conservatives are lying or they don't have the courage of their convictions. Torturing people under the rubric of the Global War on Terror was either harmless Frat Boy pranks or an invaluable tool which stopped hundreds of Terrorist Attacks, saved thousands of lives and led to the kill of Osama Bin Laden.

But, besides giving Cheney Sadistic Thrills Torture doesn't work. Anyone who supported or voted for John McCain should know Torture is not useful in gaining information and gaining information through coercion is not only futile but criminal.
The clearest example of an interrogation practice that will void a confession is the infliction of physical force or pain upon the person under interrogation, because it is an incontestable fact that harm of this nature may produce a confession of guilt from an innocent person. This is also true as regards indirect physical harm - for instance, an unduly prolonged continuous interrogation, especially by two or more interrogators working in relays or the deprivation of food, water, or access to toilet facilities for an unreasonable period of time. A threat of physical harm may have a similar effect --- the extraction of confession from innocent persons. - Fred E. Inbau
Unless, that is, you actually believe that all those woman tortured by the Inquisition were, in fact, really Witches.

George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, John Yoo, Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, Ari Fleischer, Liz Cheney, Monica Goodling, Jay Bybee and hundreds of others in the Bush Cabal are War Criminals. Indeed the worst of sort of war criminals for they, safely ensconced in air-conditioned state-side offices, far from the battlefield, coldly crafted Torture memos and policies. Clear cut criminal intent not influenced by the heat of the moment or fear of imminent danger.


One Fly said...

Yes they certainly are all that and more.

There's a reason in February 2003 12-15 million people marched in protest around the word in respect to what the United States was about to do in Iraq.

They all knew as a few here did that the reason for war was all based on lies.

The reason they knew was because their source of news was not corporate media from the United States.

I believe this to be the worst act of treason ever committed.

Fact of the matter is nobody gave a shit back then and nobody gives a shit about this today.

It all sucks a hind teat.

the yellow fringe said...

It is my wish that the Bush era sadist will end up on international arrest warrants and find they can no longer leave the country for fear of being arrested. I do not however want them brought to trial in the US, those trials would without a doubt find them innocent.

The reality is no international trial will ever occur, the US will use political and economic tools to prevent.

Grung_e_Gene said...

One Fly,

The media failed or was complict seems to be the truth of the matter. Which probably explains why now they are so reluctant to place the blame for ISIS, the Republican Recession and failed state of the Nation at Bush's and the REpublican Party's feet and are willing to go along or aid the Reactionary Rabid Right with their All Problems started on 01/20/2009 campaign.

yellow fringe,

No doubt as with Ronnie Raygun, the Conservative Media would take the opportunity to lionize the disasterous failed Presidency of W(orst) and Dick Cheney.