The stomach-turning truth about Bush’s torture programs

AlterNet
by Scott Horton

04/28/09

In the space of a week, the torture debate in America has been suddenly transformed. The Bush administration left office resting its case on the claim it did not torture. The gruesome photographs from Abu Ghraib, it had said, were the product of ‘a few bad apples’ and not of government policy. But the release of a series of grim documents has laid waste to this defense. The Senate Armed Services Committee’s report — adopted with the support of leading Republicans senators John McCain, John Warner, and Lindsey Graham — has demonstrated step by step how abuses on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan had their genesis in policy choices made at the pinnacle of the Bush administration. A set of four Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel memoranda from the Bush era has provided a stomach-turning legal justification of the application of specific torture techniques, including waterboarding...

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