Bush Authorized Torture
by Chris Bowers, Mon Dec 20, 2004 at 03:47:44 PM EST
The two-page e-mail that references an Executive Order states that the President directly authorized interrogation techniques including sleep deprivation, stress positions, the use of military dogs, and "sensory deprivation through the use of hoods, etc." The ACLU is urging the White House to confirm or deny the existence of such an order and immediately to release the order if it exists. The FBI e-mail, which was sent in May 2004 from "On Scene Commander--Baghdad" to a handful of senior FBI officials, notes that the FBI has prohibited its agents from employing the techniques that the President is said to have authorized.As noted in the post directly below this one, support for the war is at an all-time low, as every single poll shows that more Americans believe the war was a mistake rather than the right thing to do. If this story breaks wide open, on Christmas for crying out loud, support for the war will hit rock bottom.
I suggest that everyone send out at least two emails on this topic: one to a major news organization, the other to your local paper. When you are writing, remember that this is not an isolated incident. Conservatives want to spread the strict father worldwide. Approving torture of vaguely defined "enemy combatants" is the essence of conservative ideology.