Waterboarding Approved Specifically To Justify Iraq War 36

I have just learnt something which has convinced me that Bush, Cheney and Rice are indeed evil in the sense that Hitler was evil. I did not actually believe that until today.

The excellent and much-respected Marjorie Cohn, President of the National Lawyers Guild of the USA and Professor of Law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, has discovered that waterboarding was first approved in July 2002 by Condoleeza Rice, specifically to force confessions of links between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein.

Everybody in the intelligence and security worlds knew there were no such links – Bin Laden and Hussein were enemies. Only torture could yield “intelligence” of such links to provide a justification of the invasion of Iraq. There could be no clearer indication that these evil people wished to launch an illegal war of aggression for their other reasons.

If it is not evil to use torture to try to create a pretext for launching aggressive war, then what is evil?

Here is the full text of Marjorie’s article.

When I testified last year before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties about Bush interrogation policies, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz) stated that former CIA Director Michael Hayden had confirmed that the Bush administration only waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashirit for one minute each. I told Franks I didn’t believe that. Sure enough, one of the newly released torture memos reveals that Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times and Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times. One of Stephen Bradbury’s 2005 memos asserted that “enhanced techniques” on Zubaydah yielded the identification of Mohammed and an alleged radioactive bomb plot by Jose Padilla. But FBI supervisory special agent Ali Soufan, who interrogated Zubaydah from March to June 2002, wrote in the New York Times that Zubaydah produced that information under traditional interrogation methods, before the harsh techniques were ever used.

Why, then, the relentless waterboarding of these two men? It turns out that high Bush officials put heavy pressure on Pentagon interrogators to get Mohammed and Zubaydah to reveal a link between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 hijackers, in order to justify Bush’s illegal and unnecessary invasion of Iraq in 2003, according to a newly released report of the Senate Armed Services Committee. That link was never established.

The Senate Intelligence Committee revealed that Condoleezza Rice approved waterboarding on July 17, 2002 “subject to a determination of legality by the OLC.” She got it two weeks later from Bybee and John Yoo. Rice, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales and George Tenet reassured the CIA in spring 2003 that the abusive methods were legal.

Team Bush claimed – and still claims – that it had to use harsh techniques to protect us from the terrorists. They really sought to create evidence to rationalize an illegal, unnecessary, and tragic war.

That is absolutely stunning in its implications. How much of this did Blair and Straw also know?

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36 thoughts on “Waterboarding Approved Specifically To Justify Iraq War

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  • JJ

    One of the key players in the unfolding US torture and war crimes saga, Condoleezza Rice has been invited to open the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy on May 13. School Director, Jack Mintz told the Calgary Herald: “she’s a good example of what a school of public policy can achieve.”

    Please support U of C students who disagree and sign a petition to U of C’s President Harvey P Weingarten, asking that Rice be uninvited(click on JJ) You can also email him at:

    [email protected]

    cc: Canadian Peace Alliance

    [email protected]



  • Hal O'Leary

    This item supports my theory that the real perpetrators of 9/11, Cheney and company, knowing the truth of their crime, needed the confessions of innocent Arabs or at best marginal players to frighten the American public in to believing their conspiricy story.

    They are now using it to detract from the most necessary investigation into 9/11, which is really their achilles heel.

  • Dick the Prick

    Dear Courtenay Barnett

    I think there may have been a communication breakdown – I was responding to Craig’s post and the insidious and incremental release of information that shows Iraq was not only wrong but evil.

    I meant as regards the clean up job that i’m a politician / economist not a lawyer. So whilst I fully support criminal investigations and such, I have no qualifications or skills.

    I was certainly not implying that you are or have ever done anything dodgy and apologize if that’s how it sounded.

    All the best


  • Courtenay Barnett

    Dear Richard,

    If an apology was necessary, clearly, it has been made.

    You do sound a perfect gentleman, and I do not claim to be that ?” a perfect gentleman, but can recognise one when encountered.

    We share similar concerns, and hopefully over time justice will be done.



  • WonderboyInMonsterland


    Evil indeed.

    But I suggest you use this newly-found insight to fuel a reexaminaton of the 9/11 events. Only then will you realise see just how evil these people really are…

  • Christopher Dooley

    Good luck Sir, give em hell in the committee meeting tomorrow. Truth will out, eventually.

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