Sunday, 10 May 2009

Democrats were Routinely Briefed on Bush ‘Torture’ Techniques, Document Shows

The CIA has released a devastating document detailing the dates and explicit details of secret Congressional briefings in which members of Congress were told of the Bush administration’s torture techniques and when they had been used.

The document is explicit (PDF here). Most damning, perhaps, is its description of a meeting held between CIA staff and then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss and now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which shows that Pelosi was briefed on the Bush Administration’s torture techniques in 2002 — even though she’s publicly said she was never told about the use of waterboarding.

Equally striking, however, is the volume of the briefings that have been conducted on the CIA’s interrogation practices since 2002. The document runs ten pages, with up to four briefings a page.

Briefings given to Democrats are of particular significance because the party has been the most vocal about the Bush Administration’s torture practices. Apparently, however, they had known about the practices for years. At least 19 Democrats were briefed about the techniques in detail by end of 2006.

This means that criminal investigations into torture should ensnare top Democrats. Look to see some sort of cover-up or whitewash investigation with selected scapegoats taking the fall. The US Congress is not the friend of the US Constitution or the people of the United States.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 10th, 2009.]

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