Now that we have some of the most damning evidence yet pointing fingers
to top administration officials in the approval of torture, Congress
must investigate and the Hague should also investigate for war crimes:
Bush administration officials from Vice President Dick Cheney on down signed off on using harsh interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists after asking the Justice Department to endorse their legality, The Associated Press has learned.
The officials also took care to insulate President Bush from a series of meetings where CIA interrogation methods, including waterboarding, which simulates drowning, were discussed and ultimately approved.
A former senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the meetings described them Thursday to the AP to confirm details first reported by ABC News on Wednesday. The intelligence official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the issue.
I don't care if Bush and Cheney only have 9 months left in office. Just because they leave the White House doesn't mean any laws broken during their tenure are forgotten. If Congress cares at all about America, or what America once stood for, then they will work to see justice prevail in this case. We need to send a message to the world that America does not stand behind these practices, and those that try to pull us into the abyss will face the full effect of the law.
It's also very interesting that the techniques which were approved by the administration echo the treatment of detainees at Abu Gharib. Remember the administration's defense on that? "They were acting on their own". Bullshit. It now looks like they were acting within a secret policy and the administration made them fall guys for what happened. That's a great way to treat our soldiers - let them take the blame for laws we break.
Is it any wonder why people are reluctant to serve our nation anymore?