April 23, 2009

And if epiphanies terror reduced you to shame
Have your head bobbed and weaved
Choose a side
To be on

Cecily Brown, the quarrel, 2004

* Wow. excerpt:

"Condoleezza Rice, John D. Ashcroft and at least 10 other top Bush officials reviewed and approved as early as the summer of 2002 the CIA's use of harsh interrogation methods on detainees at secret prisons, including waterboarding that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has described as illegal torture, according to a detailed timeline furnished by Holder to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"At a moment when the Justice Department is deciding whether former officials who set interrogation policy or formulated the legal justifications for it should be investigated for committing crimes, the new timeline lists the members of the Bush administration who were present when the CIA's director and its general counsel explained exactly which questioning methods were to be used and how those sessions proceeded.

"Rice gave a key early approval, when, as Bush's national security adviser, she met on July 17, 2002, with the CIA's then-director, George J. Tenet, and 'advised that the CIA could proceed with its proposed interrogation of Abu Zubaydah,' subject to approval by the Justice Department, according to the timeline. Rice and four other White House officials had been briefed two months earlier on 'alternative interrogation methods, including waterboarding,' it states. Waterboarding is a technique that simulates drowning."

* Check out the David Foster Wallace audio project. [via]

* “A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.” -- W. C. Fields


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