The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency’s use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects – documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details of the program became public.
The classified memos, which have not been previously disclosed, were requested by then-CIA Director George J. Tenet more than a year after the start of the secret interrogations, according to four administration and intelligence officials familiar with the documents. Although Justice Department lawyers, beginning in 2002, had signed off on the agency’s interrogation methods, senior CIA officials were troubled that White House policymakers had never endorsed the program in writing.
I thought Bush was relatively open about this. He endorses waterboarding as legit interrogation, right?
Members of the Bush Administration, particularly SecState Rice, have been vocal advocates of these sorts of interrogation techniques. Is it so surprising that teh sekret memoz match everything they’ve said publicly?
God you guys are so nosy. It’s none of our business what horrific human rights abuses occur behind closed^H^H^H^H^H^H^open doors with a Texan mumbling about deciding and an evil old man laughing maniacally nearby.