Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats
10 comments
   
OpEdNews Op Eds

Anatomy of Bush's Torture 'Paradigm'

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 5 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

Headlined to H1 4/14/09
Become a Fan
  (134 fans)

opednews.com

This piece was reprinted by OpEdNews with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.


Torture Legacy

Flickr Photo by can3ro55o

The prose of the recently leaked report of the International Committee of the Red Cross on torture seems colorless. It is at the same time obscene — almost pornographic. 

The 41-page ICRC report depicts scenes of prisoners forced to remain naked for long periods, sometimes in the presence of women, often with their hands shackled over their heads in "stress positions" as they are left to soil themselves.

The report's images of sadism also include prisoners slammed against walls, locked in tiny boxes, and strapped to a bench and subjected to the drowning sensation of waterboarding.

How could it be that we Americans tolerate the kind of leaders who would subject others to systematic torture — yes, that’s what the official report of the international body charged with monitoring the Geneva agreements on the treatment of prisoners concludes — torture.

Over the past week I have been asked to explain how this could have happened; who authorized the torture in our name? The Red Cross report lacks the earmarks of rogues or “rotten apples” at the bottom of some barrel.

This is what I have been telling those who ask:

Rather than Harry Truman’s famous motto on his Oval Office desk, “The Buck Stops Here,” this was a case of “The Buck Starts Here.” President George W. Bush set the tone and created the framework, with strong support from Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

The first hints of what was in store came from the President himself in the White House bunker late on Sept. 11, 2001, at a meeting with his closest national security advisers after his TV address to the nation about the terrorist attacks that morning.

The vengeful bunker mentality prevailing at that meeting comes through clearly in the report of one of the participants, Richard Clarke in his book, Against All Enemies. Describing the President as confident, determined, forceful, Clarke provides the following account of what President Bush said:

“We are at war.… Nothing else matters. … Any barriers in your way, they’re gone.”

When, later in the discussion, Secretary Rumsfeld noted that international law allowed the use of force only to prevent future attacks and not for retribution, Bush nearly bit his head off.

“No,” the President yelled in the narrow conference room, “I don’t care what the international lawyers say, we are going to kick some ass.”

‘Taking the Gloves Off’

In the weeks that followed, the air in Washington hung heavy with demons of retribution. Afghanistan was invaded in October 2001, and during a prisoner uprising on Nov. 25, a CIA officer was killed there.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5

 

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then a CIA analyst for 27 years, and is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). His (more...)
 
Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

What's Hayden Hidin'?

Asylum for Julian Assange -- Former Awardee for Integrity

Petraeus Cons Obama on Afghan War

Obama Stands Up to Israel, Tamps Down Iran War Threats

Mullen Wary of Israeli Attack on Iran

Note to Nancy Pelosi: Colin Powell Got Snookered at CIA, too

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
7 people are discussing this page, with 10 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)
I am intimately familiar through documents with th... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 12:01:15 PM
Ray, you were an Army infantry/intelligence office... by boomerang on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 12:09:55 PM
I recommend readers copy this link and article, be... by boomerang on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 12:12:59 PM
Thanks for the link to the O'Brien interview. The ... by jersey girl on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 6:05:04 PM
... opens peoples eyes to the extent of evil that ... by Mr M on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 2:58:45 PM
"What do you suppose is holding Attorney Gene... by Mr M on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 1:37:57 PM
The news from the real media just keeps gettin'... by Nick van Nes on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 4:09:10 PM
The reason Holder is holding back...is simple. 9/1... by Perry Logan on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 7:52:38 AM
You: "If 9/11 had been a false-flag operation, we ... by Mr M on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 9:20:09 AM
"What do you suppose is holding Attorney Gene... by William Whitten on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 11:05:42 AM