flashback …. ‘torturer-in-chief’

Newsweek (January 2009): The End of Torture: Obama banishes Bush’s interrogation tactics

In the first sign of friction within his new administration, President Obama overruled the pleas of senior U.S. intelligence officials and signed a new executive order that bars the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods beyond those permitted by the U.S. military …The executive orders represented a clean break with Bush administration policies and won quick praise from human-rights groups….

In perhaps his most far-reaching and potentially controversial move, Obama ordered that the CIA immediately cease using any interrogation techniques that are not already authorized in the U.S. Army Field Manual. He also ordered the CIA to close, “as expeditiously as possible,” any secret detention facilities overseas and begin immediate compliance with Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, which prohibits “humiliating and degrading” treatment of prisoners.

The interrogation directive represents the sharpest departure from Bush-era policies and was the subject of vigorous internal debate among Obama advisers….….senior U.S. intelligence officials told Obama’s advisers that they still needed the flexibility to use some interrogation methods not permitted by the military … but in the end, Obama’s review team rejected their arguments and questioned the premise that such methods were necessary….

…In a stinging rebuke to Bush administration legal policies, Obama’s order states that U.S. government officials involved in interrogations may no longer rely on any Justice Department legal memos written between September 11, 2001, and Jan. 20, 2009. Such memos – many of them still secret and the subject of fierce controversy during the Bush years – were, with one stroke of Obama’s pen, made invalid.

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9 Responses to “flashback …. ‘torturer-in-chief’”

  1. 1 Sonjia Duncan
    March 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you for clearing this up.

  2. 2 NewCenturyWoman
    March 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    He’s no torturer. Look at those beautiful hands.

  3. March 14, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Well ain’t that something..hehe

  4. 7 E
    March 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Its amazing, that I am searching through the PL websites and none are even mentioning about the PBS interview with Bradley Mannings father. Any body got an idea a to why?

    • 8 majii
      March 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Yeah. They know they have f***ed up again. Their behavior is similar to that of the right-wing media. They ignore anything that shows that their position on an issue is WRONG.

  5. 9 Eleroy
    March 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    The Manning “torture” story is the new excuse for fake outrage from the professional left!!! They’ve run with this story and once again use it as an excuse to disrespect and insult President Obama!!!

    I never knew I could loathe some so-called liberals so much!!!

    What is especially sad is that some of these voices on the left who once had my respect have lost me and so many others and will have an even harder time convincing us of their credibility in the future!!!

    I am so disgusted at their childishness, their pettiness, their lies and exaggeration to make their stories and themselves more important and their shortsightedness!!!

    Pity them all, and realize now that I have nothing in common with so many of these people who claim to speak for “progressives” and “liberals”!!!

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