Bush policies led to prisoner abuses

Dozens of Prisoners Held by CIA Still Missing, Fates Unknown

We pointed out that one of the newly released Bush-era memos inadvertently confirmed that the CIA held an al-Qaeda suspect [1] named Hassan Ghul in a secret prison and subjected him to what Bush administration lawyers called "enhanced interrogation techniques." The CIA has never acknowledged holding Ghul, and his whereabouts today are secret.


Torture orders 'came from the top'

TOP US officials, not a "few bad apples" of low rank, were behind harsh military interrogation tactics that spread from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan to Iraq, a new Senate report says.


Report: Bush policies led to prisoner abuses

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the committee's chairman, said the report shows that abuse of prisoners was sweeping and not, as former Bush administration defense official Paul Wolfowitz once said, the result of "a few bad apples." As the No. 2 defense official, Wolfowitz was a major architect of the Iraq war.


'Top Bush hawks fed on torture'

It brought into attention the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld's reported decision on December 2002 to give carte blanche to military interrogators to administer 'enhanced interrogation techniques' - a euphemism for torture used by the Bush administration.


Adviser says Bush admin collected, destroyed dissenting views on torture

A onetime senior adviser to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that the Bush Administration collected and destroyed memos by top officials arguing that torture methods used on detainees were wrong.


Justice Department Memos on Interrogation Techniques

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The Justice Department on Thursday released detailed memos describing harsh interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency. President Obama said that C.I.A. operatives who carried out the techniques would not be prosecuted


Bush legal adviser met with cries of 'war criminal' at debate

John Yoo, one of the legal architects of the Bush Administration's "torture policies," was met with outrage at a talk given at Chapman University in California Tuesday, where he reportedly faced cries of "war criminal" as he approached the stage.


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