Two More Secret White House Memos Authorizing Torture

The Washington Post revealed on Wednesday that there are two more top secret memos, coming from the White House, authorizing the CIA to use torture on their prisoners. The memos were issued in 2003 and 2004.

The Post article recounts two versions of reality by unnamed CIA officials—on the one hand saying the agency was concerned about using torture and wanted, in writing, that authorization was coming from the top; and another view saying the CIA badgered the Bush Administration into giving its approval in writing.

The article reveals that there were many meetings with the Exectutive and Judicial brances of government, but that George Bush was not there. An excerpt:

“In interviews, the officials recounted a series of private briefings about the [torture] program with members of the administration’s security team, including Rice and Cheney, followed by more formal meetings before a larger group including then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, then-White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales and then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. None of the officials recalled President Bush being present at any of the discussions.

“Several of the key meetings have been previously described in news articles and books, but Rice last month became the first Cabinet-level official to publicly confirm the White House’s awareness of the program in its earliest phases.”

To read the entire article, click here.

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