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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A bit more frequently than portrayed.... at the White House level.

On Abu Zubaydah, let's remember the article from the other day, that he was waterboarded after local interrogators said thay'd gotten all he had, that they were overridden by Washington, and that "the harsher handling produced no breakthroughs."

Now we get some detail on that non-producing "harsher handling."
But the May 30, 2005 memo, quoting a 2004 investigation by the C.I.A. inspector general, says that C.I.A. officers used the waterboard at least 83 times during August 2002 against Abu Zubaydah. During March 2003, the memo says, the waterboard was used 183 times against Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the admitted planner of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Also, if you go way back to the year ago ABC article, we have a clear link saying that Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell, Tenet, and Ashcroft all signed on this treatment of Zubaydah.

Remember, "History will not judge this kindly"?


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