Cheney Admits Authorizing Detainee’s Torture

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By David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
December 16, 2008 “Raw Story

Outgoing VP says Guantanamo prison should stay open until end of terror war, but has no idea when that might be

Monday, outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney made a startling statement on a nation-wide, televised broadcast.

When asked by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl whether he approved of interrogation tactics used against a so-called “high value prisoner” at the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison, Mr. Cheney, in a break from his history of being press-shy, admitted to giving official sanctioning of torture.


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“I supported it,” he said regarding the practice known as “water-boarding,” a form of simulated drowning. After World War II, Japanese soldiers were tried and convicted of war crimes in US courts for water-boarding, a practice which the outgoing Bush administration attempted to enshrine in policy.


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7 thoughts on “Cheney Admits Authorizing Detainee’s Torture

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  2. So after this undeniable admission of a profound violation of international law, can we rest assured that far better politicians won’t be impeached and forced to resign for personal issues of no consequence to the public domain?
    Guess not.

    Ye who call yourselves ‘patriots’, for shame!

    Perhaps Depression is too good of a punishment for the populace of the USA.

    If only the guilty would indeed be purged and those who dissented bodily brought up into orgasmic heaven and preserved (as these neocons believe), all would make some moral sense.

    What will happen now, so sadly to say (and I rarely make predictions) is that a whole bunch of people will be harmed in retribution for these crimes by Botchco and it’s militaristic goons. The terror will explode against relatively innocent people who were too busy surviving to dissent, too stupid to know not to believe, and too arrogant to admit their folly.

    It is agonizing to imagine that ‘there’s gonna be a reckoning’. If history is any prediction, there’s a lot more than shoes coming our way– and it wasn’t our fault, we who did what we could to dissent.

    These victims of our illegal militarism are, I suspect, not nearly as docile as the last couple of batches, the forgiving Buddhists of Vietnam or the still struggling campesinos of Latin America.

    No, this adversary is everlasting, people who are still fighting the medieval Crusades will NEVER forget what has transpired in Iraq on our watch and in our name. This horror we complicitly inflicted will rise up in retribution to haunt us at our most unsuspecting moment.

    When you have cultists so deranged that they will commit suicide-splatter in order to inflict the greatest possible revenge, you have a problem. And this problem won’t be going away, I fear, any century soon.

    The Botch legacy was not just what he did to the Iraqis, it’s that Islam will never, ever forget, and the radical fringe has no gene for mercy (sorta like Blackwater, same level of crazy).

    As Gandhi preached: Acts of violence only bring bloody retribution in train. This admitted willful atrocity, this epic warcrime of the paying populace of the USA in the Iraq war will haunt Amerigaah (and all its complicit nations of co-conspirators) for perhaps centuries.

    For me this is yet another foregone tragedy of the entire situation.

    Botch is here so proud that there’s not been another ‘terrorist attack’ since 911. Not so fast. The calendar of radical islam is far longer than our western hair-trigger.

    They will never forget, and we will never remember. The retribution will be against innocents who have no idea what hit them, nor why.

    Goddamn amerigaah, your arrogance really got you into trouble this time. I’m sorry for everyone who will suffer violence by surprise for the insane meddling this nation insisted on inflicting.

    This was the wrong wasps nest to tangle with…

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  5. There you have it.
    A warcrime by any other name…

    Jonathan Turley was just on Keitho explaining the law, and remarking on the ‘collective yawn’ of the people and the congress.

    So, we not only have an admitted war criminal in the Whitehouse, but we have one who veritably knows nobody cares.

    Perhaps another nation will chase down these criminals, but the inactions of congress and the populace in light of the atrocity of the Botch administration renders each and ever citizen of this nation, of/by/for/ whom this government exists, additionally complicit.

    As I’ve been saying all along, it is the people of the USA who are war criminals for their complicity in atrocity.

    This is, of course, not the first time, nor the worst atrocity by the USA. We did Nuke civilians (and cheered for the achievement), and then when laws were signed to banning the aggressive invasion of no threat to one’s borders, and despite laws signed to which ban soldiers from following illegal or immoral orders, we once again did it anyway.

    So, regardless of what anyone ever does in any other nation, it is now irrevocably proved and concurred: The USA is a nation of war criminals, if only by their failure to dissent.

    Only those who actively resisted the atrocity of the overthrow and incineration of Iraq, only those who activated in opposition to the vastly greater atrocity of the US desecration of Vietnam, only these people can consider themselves law-abiding, moral, patriotic citizens.

    All those who supported the invasion of Iraq, who voted for Botchco knowing what they were doing (who could say they didn’t?), all those red-staters who believed in this horror, as well as each and every enlistee who allowed themselves to be deployed in service of this unfathomable, epic horror, ALL of them are WAR CRIMINALS.

    Does that matter to the amerigoon populace? Perhaps Rove engineered the economic collapse knowing the only thing that matters to americons is money.

    (O Canadah)

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