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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 08:19 PM
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ACLU Has PROOF - Gonzales Approved Torture Months Before Memos Written
Edited on Wed May-20-09 08:22 PM by kpete
Gonzales Approved Torture Months Before Memos Written
by SmileySam
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/5/20/733785/-Gon...

Wed May 20, 2009 at 04:30:21 PM PDT

NPR is reporting that Alberto Gonzales while the White House Atty, not the Atty Gen, was approving the Torture of Abu Zubaydah months before the Aug. Torture Memos were even written. It appears the ACLU has the proof from a ongoing court case.

**** The source says nearly every day, Mitchell would sit at his computer and write a top secret cable to the CIAs counterterrorism center. Each day, Mitchell would request permission to use enhanced interrogation techniques on Zubaydah. The source says the CIA would then forward the request to the White House, where White House counsel Alberto Gonzales would sign off on the technique. That would provide the Administrations legal blessing for Mitchell to increase the pressure on Zubaydah in the next interrogation.

**** Late May 19, the CIA sent the ACLU a spreadsheet as part of a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act. The log shows the number of top secret cables that went from Zubaydahs black site prison to CIA headquarters each day. Through the spring and summer of 2002, the log shows someone sent headquarters several cables a day.

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*****"At the very least, it's clear that CIA headquarters was choreographing what was going on at the black site," says Jameel Jaffer, the ACLU lawyer who sued to get the document. "But there's still this question about the relationship between CIA headquarters and the White House and the Justice Department and the question of which senior officials were driving this process."

more at:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10...
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 08:38 PM
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1. Can they sue? Can anybody do anything?
Every day there is a new revelation that BUSHCO did illegal things knowingly. And I hear of no lawsuits, no congressional action, no protests.
Has BUSHCO proven that despite what you learned in school, some are above the law. And once others figure how to game the system like BUSHCO, there will be many, many more.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 08:45 PM
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2. War Crimes, Baby!
Go to jail, go directly to jail. Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200.

:popcorn:
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 09:02 PM
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3. When and who will do the work.
I see no one willing to stand up yet.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 09:05 PM
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4. No rest until the whole stinking wound is cleaned!
We deserve to know what was done in our name.
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 09:06 PM
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5. Awesome! I suspected they would after what was reported on NPR today...
...they reported something along those lines on All Things Considered today. :P
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 09:07 PM
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6. We know this already, and have said they wrote the memos to cover Bush's crimes.!
And, it was President Bush who had to authorize this.
Gonzolies did not have that authority.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 09:08 PM
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7. GONZO only did what he was TOLD all the time, THAT's what his role is/was n/t
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bluesmail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 09:37 PM
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8. Good lord of course he did. eom
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 11:02 PM
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9. K&R
:kick:
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