More On Cheney

Following a previous post, it’s worth highlighting Jonathan Landay’s remarkable investigative reporting for McClatchy that confirms that Bush-Cheney ordered torture for political purposes.

Then-Vice President Dick Cheney, defending the invasion of Iraq, asserted in 2004 that detainees interrogated at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp had revealed that Iraq had trained al Qaida operatives in chemical and biological warfare, an assertion that wasn’t true.

Cheney’s 2004 comments to the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News were largely overlooked at the time. However, they appear to substantiate recent reports that interrogators at Guantanamo and other prison camps were ordered to find evidence of alleged cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein — despite CIA reports that there were only sporadic, insignificant contacts between the militant Islamic group and the secular Iraqi dictatorship.

The head of the Criminal Investigation Task Force at Guantanamo from 2002-2005 confirmed to McClatchy that in late 2002 and early 2003, intelligence officials were tasked to find, among other things, Iraq-al Qaida ties, which were a central pillar of the Bush administration’s case for its March 2003 invasion of Iraq.

“I’m aware of the fact that in late 2002, early 2003, that (the alleged al Qaida-Iraq link) was an interest on the intelligence side,” said retired Army Lt. Col. Brittain Mallow, a former military criminal investigator. “That was something they were tasked to look at.”

This goes back to David Waldman’s points on CNN regarding the use of torture for purely political purposes. What makes this so remarkable isn’t that there was torture in itself, but that it was ordered to advance the political prospects of the Republican Party and leadership that had lied the country into a preventive war of choice.

One thought on “More On Cheney

  1. I am having troubles understanding why the MSM doesn’t get this. Why are we even listending to morons like Cheney (and his daughter) or all of the other pundits that lost every ounce of credibility in the run up to the war. No WMD, no Mission Accomplished (that Keith Olbermann reminds us of), we were supposed to be greeted as liberators, yellow cake and so on and so on. But only now are they credible enough to remind us how safe they kept us safe (except for that pesky 9/11 thing) and how we are allowed to do whatever it takes in war to “win”.

    I am mostly disappointed that it seems that the Obama admin is changing their tune with torture investigations, photo releases, and tribunals. This isn’t what I voted for in November. Tell our elected officials that they are accountable. wevotedforyou.com

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