CIA first proposed waterboarding in May 2002

The document released Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee provides the most detailed timeline yet for how the CIA's harsh interrogation program was conceived and approved.

//www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/22/AR2009042202666.html



Document: Cheney, Rice signed off on interrogation techniques

A newly declassified narrative of the Bush administration's advice to the CIA on harsh interrogations shows that the small group of Justice Department lawyers who wrote memos authorizing harsh interrogation techniques were operating not on their own but with direction from top administration officials, including then-Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

//www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/66727.html



US senators urge no prosecutions for 'torture' memo writers

"In the interest of national security, it is the future, rather than the past, on which we believe America?s gaze must be fixed," said Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham, as well as Joseph Lieberman.

//news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090422/pl_afp/usattacksmilitaryjusticecongressletter



Netherlands Wants US 'Hague Invasion Act' Scrapped

The Netherlands wants the US to abolish the act that legitimises the use of force to free Americans if they should fall into the hands of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

//www.nisnews.nl/public/230409_3.htm


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Reagan's DOJ Prosecuted Waterboarding Case

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "George W. Bush's Justice Department said subjecting a person to the near drowning of waterboarding was not a crime and didn't even cause pain, but Ronald Reagan's Justice Department thought otherwise, prosecuting a Texas sheriff and three deputies for using the practice to get confessions."

//www.truthout.org/042709J



CIA Reportedly Declined to Closely Evaluate Harsh Interrogations

Greg Miller, The Los Angeles Times: "The CIA used an arsenal of severe interrogation techniques on imprisoned Al Qaeda suspects for nearly seven years without seeking a rigorous assessment of whether the methods were effective or necessary, according to current and former US officials familiar with the matter. The failure to conduct a comprehensive examination occurred despite calls to do so as early as 2003."

//www.truthout.org/042709M



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