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Obama says that after 9/11, 
'we tortured some folks'

by Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland

WASHINGTON Fri 1 Aug 2014 4:35pm EDT

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(Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA "tortured some folks" after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into "enhanced interrogation techniques."

"We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values," Obama told a White House news conference.

Obama's comment was a reaffirmation of his decision to ban the use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding shortly after he took office in January 2009.

The administration of President George W. Bush, Obama's predecessor, authorized the use of harsh questioning techniques of militant detainees in the wake of the 9/11 attacks after deciding they did not amount to torture. Obama told reporters the techniques were used because the United States was afraid more attacks were imminent.

"It's important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had," he said. "A lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots."
Obama also said he had full confidence in CIA Director John Brennan despite a revelation the agency spied on a U.S. Senate committee investigating its interrogation techniques.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton, Steve Holland and Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Sandra Maler and Peter Cooney)

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1 comment:

PatFromCH said...

There is a documentary out there on the web somewhere that describes how people in Guantanamo or Abu Grahib were tortured by means of non-violent techniques.

One is waterboarding, we will get to that.

The other one is music.

Inmates were blindfolded or had a hood being put over their heads. Then they were locked into a room after some verbal abuse without being allowed to sit, lie or stand but to knel or take some other uncomfortable position for hours.

Now non-western ears are not familiar with extreme types of music like Death Metal, Industrial, Grindcore or just simple Sesame Street songs or country music. So imagine you are being locked in a room while being fored to kneel, with a hood over your head and your hands tied behind your back while being subject to earbleeding, mindshattering volumes of unfamiliar music/noise like Darkthrone, Einstürzende Neubauten and Johnny Cash being played simultaneously for hours on end. That clearly constitutes as torture in my book.

The other one is waterboarding and I never knew what to make of it untill the late, great Christopher Hitchens undertook an experiment:
I need not say more.

In a just world people like Dubyah, Rummy Rumsfeld, Tony Blair and their henchmen should, no, they MUST be tried for war crimes and Crimes Against Humans. I don’t just dream about this, I DEMAND it. Alas, sometimes the world is a bugger and the real bastards get away free.