A few weeks ago, the body of terror suspect Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi was found in his Libyan cell following what appeared to be a suicide. Andrew Sullivan, who has been tracking the relationship between torture and Iraq for some time now, wrote:
Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi was first captured by the US and tortured by CIA surrogates in an Egyptian cell. Apparently, they beat him and put him in a coffin for 17 hours as a mock-burial. To end the severe mental and physical suffering, he confessed that Saddam had trained al Qaeda terrorists in deploying WMDs. This evidence was then cited by Colin Powell as part of the rationale for going to war in Iraq.
We know that the torture of Abu Zubaydah began only after CIA operatives ascertained this false information about Iraqi WMD from al-Libi. (On Wednesday, former FBI interrogator Ali Soufan told Congress that he was able to get actionable intelligence from Abu Zubaydah within about an hour by employing legal interrogation techniques.) --
The real reason for Cheney hitting the road and using his daughter as some kind of weird surrogate spokesperson to claim we were all safer under Bush: It's apparent that torture was authorized for the purpose of fabricating a case for invading Iraq.
He's scared as hell. He needs to keep the debate going strong on the issue of WHAT constitutes torture to avoid public scrutiny of what the core issue really is.
I wanted to reply to this when I first saw it (yesterday), but really had nothing more to add. Your post appears to sum up the situation very accurately. These were dark days for 'freedom'.
All points to what you say, and now we have Obama allowing the continuation of the military trials.
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