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Links 1 through 10 of 11 by Joe Germuska tagged torture

"Dick Cheney insisted that two CIA analytical reports (that he apparently pressed to have prepared) concluded that his torture techniques rendered positive results. But these reports were declassified and published, and lo, they don’t say what he claimed they do."

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"In the coming days, Washington Post reporters will be combing through the documents for new revelations. Join us in identifying the most significant new details and anything that deserves further investigation, and tell us what you've found in the comments section below."

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"What I am saying is that no torture or harsh interrogation techniques were employed by any U.S. interrogator for the entire second term of Cheney-Bush, 2005-2009. So, if we are to believe the protestations of Dick Cheney, that Obama's having shut down the "Cheney interrogation methods" will endanger the nation, what are we to say to Dick Cheney for having endangered the nation for the last four years of his vice presidency?"

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"Watching the video, however, it is striking to contrast how this civil, mildly persistent questioning from college students generated more pressure - and answers - than many of the professional television interviews Rice has done….

"It would have barely mattered, of course, if the audience were limited to the few people physically present in that classroom. But this generation knows how to ask questions and get the word out. For government officials who oversaw war crimes, that could make life outside of Washington a little more trying."

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"It is perfectly conceivable that the torture regime - combined with panic and paranoia - created an imaginationland of untruth and half-truth that has guided US policy for this entire war. It may well have led to the president being informed of any number of plots that never existed, and any number of threats that are pure imagination. And once torture has entered the system, you can never find out the real truth. You are lost in a vortex of lies and fears.”

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"Let’s say this slowly: the Bush administration wanted to use 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. So it tortured people to make them confess to the nonexistent link.

"There’s a word for this: it’s evil."

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"CHENEY: I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the process cleared, as the agency in effect came in and wanted to know what they could and couldn’t do. And they talked to me, as well as others, to explain what they wanted to do. And I supported it."

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"DAVID ADDINGTON: As I said to you, I do not recall. Let me be clear to you. There are two things that may be helpful to you in asking your questions. • DEBBIE WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ: I do not need help in asking my questions."

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"British law professor Philippe Sands, author of TORTURE TEAM, talks about the approval of coercive interrogation by high-level American officials."

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Politicians talking about torture intercut with Monty Python footage. "It does nipples and testicles at the same time. It won all sorts of awards."

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