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The Black Sites. A Rare Look Inside the C.I.A.'s Secret Interrogation Program

Remember what Bush said when for the first time, (after much denial) he acknowledged the existence of secret CIA prisons around the world, back in September 2006.

"We have to have the capacity to interrogate -- not torture, but interrogate people to learn information."
"I've said to the people that we don't torture, and we don't."

But this is why we need Congressional inquiries, skeptical reporters and articles (with a hat tip to Digby) like the following (linked article), to expose the cant of the President (and his unctous cheerleading supporters).

Officially condoned and sanctioned brutalization and torture, under the guise of interrogation and justice, has allowed the war on terror to become a war of terror, directed from the highest echelons of our civilian leadership. The Gonazles, Bush, Cheney triumvirate may not in the least, be abashed by the nature of the CIA interrogation program, but nearly all the interrorgators working in the black sites and Guantánamo seem pretty demoralized by the extraordinary brutality of their own methods.

"One former officer said that the C.I.A. kept a doctor standing by during interrogations. He insisted that the method was safe and effective, but said that it could cause lasting psychic damage to the interrogators"...so the only 'torture' (in the President's mind probably) is to the interrogators, (and I'm sure his admirers on the right believe it). This from 'the home of the brave, land of the free,' a country ruled by laws not men, who don't torture in any event, because the President unequivocally, says they don't.

Read the shocking report The Black Sites
'A rare look inside the C.I.A.'s secret interrogation program'.
by Jane Mayer from the latest "New Yorker' It begins:

In March, Mariane Pearl, the widow of the murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, received a phone call from Alberto Gonzales, the Attorney General. At the time, Gonzales's role in the controversial dismissal of eight United States Attorneys had just been exposed, and the story was becoming a scandal in Washington. Gonzales informed Pearl that the Justice Department was about to announce some good news: a terrorist in U.S. custody--Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Al Qaeda leader who was the primary architect of the September 11th attacks--had confessed to killing her husband. (Pearl was abducted and beheaded five and a half years ago in Pakistan, by unidentified Islamic militants.) The Administration planned to release a transcript in which Mohammed boasted, "I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew Daniel Pearl in the city of Karachi, Pakistan. For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head."

UPDATE: Thursday Surprise curt response by President Bush to allegations of American torture, in a report by the Red Cross. Bush:" I haven't seen it ...(and get ready for it)... We don't torture. Next question." (Does he look worried?)

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