Bush Authorized Torture

The strict father will kill us all:NEW YORK -- A document released for the first time today by the American Civil Liberties Union suggests that President Bush issued an Executive Order authorizing the use of inhumane interrogation methods against detainees in Iraq. Also released by the ACLU today are a slew of other records including a December 2003 FBI e-mail that characterizes methods used by the Defense Department as "torture" and a June 2004 "Urgent Report" to the Director of the FBI that raises concerns that abuse of detainees is being covered up.(...)

The two-page e-mail that references an Executive Order states that the President directly authorized interrogation techniques including sleep deprivation, stress positions, the use of military dogs, and "sensory deprivation through the use of hoods, etc." The ACLU is urging the White House to confirm or deny the existence of such an order and immediately to release the order if it exists. The FBI e-mail, which was sent in May 2004 from "On Scene Commander--Baghdad" to a handful of senior FBI officials, notes that the FBI has prohibited its agents from employing the techniques that the President is said to have authorized.

As noted in the post directly below this one, support for the war is at an all-time low, as every single poll shows that more Americans believe the war was a mistake rather than the right thing to do. If this story breaks wide open, on Christmas for crying out loud, support for the war will hit rock bottom.

I suggest that everyone send out at least two emails on this topic: one to a major news organization, the other to your local paper. When you are writing, remember that this is not an isolated incident. Conservatives want to spread the strict father worldwide. Approving torture of vaguely defined "enemy combatants" is the essence of conservative ideology.

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I take it nobody is terribly suprised.
Consider the timing. All kinds of feces will be hitting the rotator this week. This week is one long White House Friday afternoon. Everyone is on vacation. Nobody will be covering any of this.
by afs 2004-12-20 04:13PM | 0 recs
Bush authorized torture
Is torture a family value?  The Right is against abortion but they support someone who allows torture?  While everyone is on vacation, perhaps someone can dig up some other information that will keep this story going.
by Marie Smith 2004-12-20 04:54PM | 0 recs
Some additional information
Plutonium Page wrote an excellent diary about the 2001 Justice Dept. Memo that included a link to a short summary of John Yoo's University of Chicago Law Review article, from the Fall of 2002 War and the Constitutional Text which can also be downloaded in it's entirety.

I also wrote a Diary Genesis of the torture memo with additional links to analysis by Phil Carter at Intel-Dump and an Isokoff article in Newsweek and a Salon article Torture begins at the top by Joe Conason, as well as a background story from the Washington Post In Cheney's Shadow with a focus on David Addington, a GOPer lawyer from the Iran-contra hearings.

by Gary Boatwright 2004-12-20 06:29PM | 0 recs
framing and rhetorical smashmouth
Miscellaneous incendiary talking points:

  • part of the unchecked right wing power grab

  • these 21st century inquisitors don't care about truth, but they do care about power

  • torture does not produce intelligence.  It's used by the powerful to maintain power through intimidation

  • George W Bush has corrupted our national character

  • Never say "George Bush" or "President Bush" again.  Say "War Criminal George Bush."

  • "King George Bush II"

  • the occupant of the Oval Office must be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors

  • there is no principle the Republican Party won't sacrifice to enforce its drunken, unchecked power grab

  • Bush is morally unfit to serve the nation

  • those who justify torture are traitors to America

  •  Inquisitor in Chief

  • Texas Torquemada

  • George W. Bush and the Republicans practice the "politics of personal delusion"  (this works just as well for Social Security)

  • George Bush went to the Pontius Pilate School of Personal Responsibility

  • for George Bush and the Republicans, rights are only for people with yachts

  • "Torturegate"
by Pachacutec 2004-12-20 07:33PM | 0 recs
Strict Father???
I think this crosses the line from "strict father" to "abusive father".
by wayward 2004-12-21 01:59AM | 0 recs


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