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TORTURE: Why were Bush and Powell out of the loop?

Letter by Margot LeRoy, Gig Harbor on Dec. 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm with No Comments »
December 10, 2014 12:27 pm

Re: “Release of CIA report exceptionally reckless” (Michael Gerson column, 12-10).

I am somewhat dumbfounded by Gerson’s comparison of drone warfare to what we did to prisoners of war.

The act of engaging the enemy during war is different from the treatment of captive prisoners. The rules governing prisoner treatment are quite clear about subjecting captives to torture. These are rules that Dick Cheney and his merry band of neo-cons chose to ignore.

The greater question that needs an answer is why both the president of the United States and his secretary of state, Colin Powell, were not in the loop of how much was being done.

For Gerson to suggest that Congress was complicit in this ignores a serious question. If indeed Congress knew, why were the president and his secretary of state not aware of this? The report clearly states that they were not given the full information of this program.

So, how long was Vice President Cheney in charge of running this country and why? And how many more excuses do we have to tolerate for this criminal behavior?

We used to be a beacon of honor and integrity. When did we walk away from that?

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