Okay, let's do this one more time: The torture Dick Cheney insisted on applying to every detainee about whom he had any knowledge -- and that seems to be most of them, given the files (photographs? videos?) he kept close at hand -- was perpetrated with one objective. Here it is. Again: The authorized harsh interrogation in April and May of 2002 -- well before the Justice Department had rendered any legal opinion -- had as its principal priority an attempt to force the confession of a link between Iraq and al-Qa'ida. It was not an attempt to obtain intelligence that would uncover the plans for some sort of terror attack against the U.S. The Bush Crime Family used torture and the fear of imminent death to elicit what it wanted to hear. Confess, and we stop. Withhold what you know we want to hear and we will kill you, slowly and painfully. Any public statement to the contrary by Dick Cheney is a goddam lie.
Yesterday, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff said...
And now, the announcement declares, al-Libi "committed suicide" earlier this week in a Libyan prison cell. And as expected, media in the US -- with a few notable exceptions -- completely ignored the story. Astonishing? This US media blackout on the "suicide" of the man whose "confession" allowed Cheney and Bush to launch a war that has killed thousands of American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis? Get serious. Mainstream media dare not report such facts. They are too heavily invested in the eight years of Bush Crime Family lies that sucked out everything moral and ethical from this country and spat it into the nearest gutter.
It was nearly a month ago that Jonathan Landay first reported this hideous story for McClatchy Newspapers (McClatchy being one of the few "notable exceptions" mentioned above.) Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, another of the "notable exceptions" -- blogging at the New York Times -- put it this way:
One of Jonathan Landy's lead sources was former U.S. Army psychiatrist, Maj. Charles Burney, whom Landy said...
Cheney could not get the "confession" he wanted. Nor could his Special Operations torturers produce the results he demanded. Remember all those months when the torture -- we now realize -- was at its apex and Vice President Dick Cheney was AWOL from his duties? Remember the light-hearted and half-witted speculation from mainstream media as to this monster's whereabouts? Is there now any doubt where he was? What he was overseeing? What he was directing?
Yes, there is a word for this. And, yes, it is the word . . . evil.