Sunday, April 26, 2009

INTERROGATION THRU TORTURE, LOOKING FOR AL-QAEDA IN IRAQ

With the release of the "Torture Memos", much light has been shed on the real reason the Bush White House and Department of Justice "OK'd" the use of torture. They were not worried about another attack on the United States. What they wanted, actually what they needed, was a link between al-Qaeda and the Iraqi government run by Saddam Hussein.

Frank Rich has a column in the the New York Times where he goes into depth about this.

Bybee’s memo was aimed at one particular detainee, Abu Zubaydah, who had been captured some four months earlier, in late March 2002. Zubaydah is portrayed in the memo (as he was publicly by Bush after his capture) as one of the top men in Al Qaeda. But by August this had been proven false. As Ron Suskind reported in his book “The One Percent Doctrine,” Zubaydah was identified soon after his capture as a logistics guy, who, in the words of the F.B.I.’s top-ranking Qaeda analyst at the time, Dan Coleman, served as the terrorist group’s flight booker and “greeter,” like “Joe Louis in the lobby of Caesar’s Palace.” Zubaydah “knew very little about real operations, or strategy.” He showed clinical symptoms of schizophrenia.

By the time Bybee wrote his memo, Zubaydah had been questioned by the F.B.I. and C.I.A. for months and had given what limited information he had. His most valuable contribution was to finger Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as the 9/11 mastermind.


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..........Maj. Paul Burney, a United States Army psychiatrist assigned to interrogations in Guantánamo Bay that summer of 2002, told Army investigators of another White House imperative: “A large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq and we were not being successful.” As higher-ups got more “frustrated” at the inability to prove this connection, the major said, “there was more and more pressure to resort to measures” that might produce that intelligence.

In other words, the ticking time bomb was not another potential Qaeda attack on America but the Bush administration’s ticking timetable for selling a war in Iraq; it wanted to pressure Congress to pass a war resolution before the 2002 midterm elections. Bybee’s memo was written the week after the then-secret (and subsequently leaked) “Downing Street memo,” in which the head of British intelligence informed Tony Blair that the Bush White House was so determined to go to war in Iraq that “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.” A month after Bybee’s memo, on Sept. 8, 2002, Cheney would make his infamous appearance on “Meet the Press,” hyping both Saddam’s W.M.D.s and the “number of contacts over the years” between Al Qaeda and Iraq. If only 9/11 could somehow be pinned on Iraq, the case for war would be a slamdunk.


The whole reason that torture was approved by both the White House and the DoJ was to make a connection between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, which they never found. Bush and Cheney wanted to have an excuse to invade Iraq and they thought they could use a link between Saddam and al-Qaeda as the perfect reason for a push for war with Iraq.

You can find the rest of Frank's column here.

11 comments:

Gordon said...

Yes, great minds. Between the two of us, we got one...

Grandpa Eddie said...

...you sure we got one full one!?!

Gordon said...

I ain't coppin' ta any less!

Grandpa Eddie said...

Ok, that's cool. At least we've got our story straight in case one of us gets caught and tortured.

Grandpa Eddie said...

BTW...if either one of us gets caught and tortured we gotta blame it on someone else...you got any ideas?

Gordon said...

Yeah. Cheney.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Works for me!

ZIRGAR said...

I gotta say none of this surprises me. Not in the least. Thanks for posting this, sir :-)

ZenYenta said...

This theory is picking up steam. Of course it makes complete sense. I don't know if it's true or not but I wouldn't put it past them at all.

Grandpa Eddie said...

ZIRGAR - I think most of us are none too surprised by what continues to be uncovered about the workings of the Bush administration.

Grandpa Eddie said...

ZenYenta - I have no doubt that Bush/Cheney would do this. They were looking so very hard for any excuse to invade Iraq and the al-Qaeda/Iraq connection would have been the perfect reason to invade.