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Senate Armed Services Notices the Obvious: White House to Blame for Policy of Torture
Here's a new report: SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE INQUIRY INTO THE TREATMENT OF DETAINEES IN U.S. CUSTODY (PDF). Yes, it's obvious to anyone who's been paying attention. It's also useful at a time when pundits are urging Bush to pardon himself and the rest of those who created the policy of torture. Highlight:
The abuse of detainees in U.S. custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of “a few bad apples” acting on their own. The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees. Those efforts damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies, and compromised our moral authority.
The report runs through how the president and his subordinates authorized torture, and how freuently those engaged in promulgating this policy were warned that it was criminal. So why haven't any of them been indicted?