Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 9:37 pm

Crime upon crime

Filed under: I want my country back. — Lex @ 9:37 pm
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First we find out that al-Qaeda operative Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was waterboarded 183 times in the single month of March 2003. So much for the effectiveness of waterboarding. But beyond that, if you waterboard someone that much, you’re either a pervert or you’re seeking a specific confession or admission. (That’s what the Spanish Inquisition used it for — eliciting confessions, true or otherwise.)

Let’s assume, for the purposes of discussion, that our interrogators were not simply perverts. So, in March 2003, with war with Iraq approaching, what specific confession or admission might U.S. interrogators have been seeking from this guy, the “mastermind” behind 9/11? Oh, I don’t know, how ’bout this:

The Bush administration applied relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees in part to find evidence of cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime, according to a former senior U.S. intelligence official and a former Army psychiatrist.

Such information would’ve provided a foundation for one of former President George W. Bush’s main arguments for invading Iraq in 2003. In fact, no evidence has ever been found of operational ties between Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network and Saddam’s regime.

Now, keep in mind that absent provocation, the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a country with which we were at peace, was, itself, a war crime. So you have U.S. personnel committing war crimes, at the behest of senior administration officials, to gin up false grounds for another war crime. Nice.

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