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In his book Tom Ridge alleged that the Bush administration pressured him to raise the terror alert level before the 2004 elections. I am sure this was done to scare people into voting for Bush.
Now comes word that a con man was responsible for convincing the White House to raise the alert level to Orange in December of 2003.
I guess these are the people Cheney and the CIA depended on to protect Americans. Wasn’t it another con man who convinced Bush/Cheney to attack Iraq?
Dennis Montgomery, has been embroiled in various lawsuits, including one for allegedly bouncing $1 million in checks during a Caesars Palace spree. His former lawyer calls him a “habitual liar engaged in fraud.”
Montgomery convinced the CIA he could decode secret terrorist targeting information sent through Al Jazeera broadcasts. His “decodings” resulted in Tom Ridge warning of “near-term attacks that could either rival or exceed what we experience on September 11″ in ..continue reading
This would be a joke if it were not a serious matter and a sad reflection of Bush/Cheney administration members trying to save their own skin.
Alberto Gonzales the former Attorney General stated today that he supports Eric Holder’s investigation of the CIA interrogators who carried out torture.
But you have to read his words carefully.
He said “We worked very hard to establish ground rules and parameters about how to deal with terrorists. And if people go beyond that, I think it is legitimate to question and examine that conduct to ensure people are held accountable for their actions, even if it’s action in prosecuting the war on terror.”
He wants Holder to investigate only the torture that went beyond that which was authorized by the Justice Department and Bush and Cheney. The interrogation techniques that were authorized are illegal torture. But he doesn’t want Holder to investigate those because that will incriminate him, ..continue reading
For the last few days several pundits wrote articles stating that the CIA interrogators went beyond authorized techniques when questioning (torturing) suspects. The implication was that this was not controlled from the top, these interrogators were loose cannons.
Basically these people blame the CIA interrogators for the torture and in the next breath accuse Holder for going after them for political reasons. They praise the CIA operatives and demand that we thank them for their work but actually they want them to take the fall for the torture that was committed.
Today brings the latest revelation from the CIA report that was released several days ago.
The NYT indicates that the report made it clear that “The Central Intelligence Agency’s secret interrogation program operated under strict rules, and the rules were dictated from Washington with the painstaking, eye-glazing detail beloved by any bureaucracy.”
What emerges “is a portrait of overwhelming control exercised from C.I.A. headquarters and the Department ..continue reading
Cheney made one of his periodic appearances to attempt to justify the CIA torture techniques under the Bush administration.
With the release of the CIA report showing that illegal torture was used on prisoners Cheney is attempting to spin the report saying that the torture was justified because it yielded useful information about al Qaeda and saved American lives.
The problem is that those who hav reviewed the report state emphatically that the report does not provide the information Cheney claims is there.
“These are the documents Dick Cheney was so excited to see declassified, but they don’t make the case for torture, they only show that the CIA is able to tailor documents to justify its actions after the fact. The descent into torture has made the world a darker and more dangerous place for everyone,” Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Gitanjali S. Gutierrez said in a statement.
Tom Parker, Amnesty International USA ..continue reading
The Obama appears to be headed in the right direction on one issue and in the wrong direction on the other. Both involve the CIA.
On the positive side a White House spokesman announced that Eric Holder, Attorney General, will make the decision on whether to pursue prosecution of those responsible for torture carried out by the CIA under the Bush administration.
Previously President Obama stated that he wants to look forward not to the past as related to the torture allegations attributed to the CIA. But with the mounting evidence of what actually transpired I think Obama was forced to let Holder pursue the case as he sees fit. It looks like the appointment of a special prosecutor is very likely.
Hopefully those responsible for the decisions to torture, not only those who carried out the torture, will be held accountable.
The negative news is that the Obama administration will continue the practice ..continue reading