bush Didn’t Know About Torture? RIGHT!?!?!

You can tell the presidency is destabilizing when everyone is running around saying, “He didn’t know…” Damage control is in full swing and you can bet your bottom dollar that it is now very clear to the bush administration that torture is NOT American!

Do they seriously believe we will believe them? Some bush comments about terrorists, terror and such:

Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated. (Applause.)

The attacks of September the 11th, 2001 also revealed the outlines of a new world. In one way, that assault was the culmination of decades of escalating violence — from the killing of U.S. Marines in Beirut, to the bombing at the World Trade Center, to the attacks on American embassies in Africa, to the attacks on the USS Cole. In another way, September the 11th provided a warning of future dangers — of terror networks aided by outlaw regimes, and ideologies that incite the murder of the innocent, and biological and chemical and nuclear weapons that multiply destructive power.
Transcript: President Bush’s Speech on the War on Terrorism

Delivered at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Courtesy FDCH/e-Media
Wednesday, November 30, 2005; 10:44 AM

Six months ago I came here to address the graduating class of 2005. I spoke to them about the importance of their service in the first war of the 21st century: the global war on terror.

By identifying the enemy specifically as Islamic radicalism, rather than the more generic “terrorism,” Bush’s latest speech is a step forward in the evolving U.S. approach to defeating al Qaeda. The change signifies a recognition that terrorism is only a part of bin Laden’s revolutionary strategy for imposing his harsh Islamic ideology on the Muslim world and that “bin Ladenism” will continue to pose a threat long after the terrorist leader has been captured or killed. To defeat al Qaeda, the U.S. and its allies must not only destroy its leadership, but also destroy its ability to recruit replacements by discrediting its violent ideology.[2]

Just how did bush intend to fight terrorists if not kill them? Oh but this is torture and he wants us to be nice to them then? That’s why he had Yoo write all that crap justifying the use of torture? Surely he understood as he sure made it clear to me that he would do anything and everything he felt was necessary. I don’t know, seemed to me like he was ready to take on the whole world then.

I get this picture in my head of chicken little running around yelling, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” Call me a dumb American, but until we went over there, they were mostly scattered, skirmishing amongst themselves and not very seriously either, but living their way. Some don’t even seem to have shoes. And I’m supposed to believe these guys came up with the way to make dozens of passports, learn how to fly planes, and high jack them? AND, the only evidence left of this when all is said and done, are impossible to believe passport evidence when nothing else from the buildings survived bigger than a 1/2 faceplate on a telephone? It just doesn’t add up. And keeps not adding up. No matter how I try to put it together from the governments point of view it just doesn’t work.

And now they want me to believe that bush knew nothing of the torture that was going on. Uh huh… I’ll tell you what, I’ve got this unused tunnel to nowhere I’ll sell you… K? OK then!

Cheney, Others OK’d Harsh Interrogations

by Lara Jakes Jordan and Pamela Hess

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.0411 01 1

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.

Between 2002 and 2003, the Justice Department issued several memos from its Office of Legal Counsel that justified using the interrogation tactics, including ones that critics call torture.

“If you looked at the timing of the meetings and the memos you’d see a correlation,” the former intelligence official said. Those who attended the dozens of meetings agreed that “there’d need to be a legal opinion on the legality of these tactics” before using them on al-Qaida detainees, the former official said.

The meetings were held in the White House Situation Room in the years immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks. Attending the sessions were Cheney, then-Bush aides Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA Director George Tenet and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.

I got this from CommonDreams.org today. That li’l weasel is going to get away with it. You can just feel his slimy self wiggling out of it. And there is NO DOUBT in my mind that Congress will go along with this. < shaking head > This just sucks… What was really funny though was that some of the Congress people are all up in arms. Either they are major stupid or have been looking the other way for so long now they must have permanent damage to their necks.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., lambasted what he described as “yet another astonishing disclosure about the Bush administration and its use of torture.”

“Who would have thought that in the United States of America in the 21st century, the top officials of the executive branch would routinely gather in the White House to approve torture?” Kennedy said in a statement. “Long after President Bush has left office, our country will continue to pay the price for his administration’s renegade repudiation of the rule of law and fundamental human rights.”

The American Civil Liberties Union called on Congress to investigate.

“With each new revelation, it is beginning to look like the torture operation was managed and directed out of the White House,” ACLU legislative director Caroline Fredrickson said. “This is what we suspected all along.”

Common guys, we are NOT that stupid and you can’t tell me you are either… Just how far does the oxymoron “Government Intelligence” have to stretch? I think you broke it already. This is what happens when you use like minded people to work on a project together that is a really BAD idea… It takes idiots in common to get her done.

So, now the idiots are scrambling to make sure that bush comes out smelling like a rose. Ah, too late… Really, ya ought to listen to the people once in a while instead of being so in love with yourselves. IT’S TOO LATE NOW FELLAS.

bush is probably thinking, “OMG, my dad’s gonna kill me. He told me not to break anything! Shit!”

Read the article, it goes on to describe how they developed the CIA’s tactics for torture, how detailed the meetings got, but no mention of bush. Like there is ANY WAY Mr. Decider isn’t going to be involved in that? Are you kidding me? As hard as I try I just can’t seem to take a bit of that one.

Anyone else have thoughts?

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~ by justmytruth on April 11, 2008.

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