Friday, July 18, 2008

Ashcroft Testimony Brings CIA Interrogation Timeline Into Question

Note: I was tortured with "nonlethal" weapons by the CIA for the first time 20 years ago - and for a period of eight years thereafter- for exercising my right to free speech (at the expense of America's beloved fascist leadership), long before legal "torture memos" and CIA-Justice Department timelines. My offense? - writing and reporting on ritual abuse, ie. organized, CIA-cult mind control operations in the preschools, supplemented by child rape, torture ... and media plants who babbled about "false memories," drawing on the "expert opinions" of thinly-veiled CIA mind control personnel pretending to be legitimate academics who distorted all supporting evidence to discredit the preschool victims and their advocates, reducing them to targets of ridicule.

I have testimony of four letter words for our "Congressional watchdogs" and the disreputable, psyop-driven media.

We hear daily about "enhanced interrogation techniques" applied to foreign nationals - domestic torture isn't newsworthy. Let's open those files and show the world who the actual terrorists are, CIA - you sadistic, soulless, mindless, seditious, fascist asswipes.

- Alex Constantine
Ashcroft Testimony Brings CIA Interrogation Timeline Into Question
By Kate Klonick - July 18, 2008

Did the CIA start using torture before the DOJ authorized it in the infamous torture memos?

That's what it sounded like according to former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was on the Hill yesterday testifying on interrogation techniques before the House Judiciary Committee.

It was during Ashcroft's years as attorney general that the infamous "torture" memos were written. The memos approved the use of waterboarding and other forms of interrogation as long as they did not "cause pain similar in intensity to that caused by death or organ failure." The first memo-- often called the Bybee memo -- was dated August 1, 2002 and was written by former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, who also testified before the Judiciary Committee in an earlier hearing in the series on torture.

But at least four months prior to the publication of that memo, the CIA captured al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah on March 28, 2002. Zubaydah's detention and interrogation has garnered much publicity, as it was thought to be especially brutal and involved waterboarding.

The CIA has long denied employing harsh interrogation techniques before it received authorization via the legal memos provided by the DOJ, but Ashcroft's testimony yesterday called that timeline into question, and raised the possibility that "the CIA started torturing at least one detainee before any of the memos were even written."

From Salon's War Room:

But during questioning, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., pointed out that the abuse of Zubaydah had reportedly begun weeks, if not months, earlier. "Did you offer legal approval of interrogation methods used at that time ... prior to August 2002?"

"I have no recollection of doing that at all," Ashcroft responded. He added that he did not remember anyone else at the Justice Department doing so either. He said later in the hearing that Zubaydah's interrogation "was done without the opinion that was issued on the first of August."