Leaked Emails Show Cheney And Bush Pushed For Torture Memos

June 11, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – The suspicions of many that former Vice President Dick Cheney, as well as former President George W. Bush, had put pressure on the Justice Department to create legal jargon to cover their part in the torture memos has now been seemingly proven correct.

A collection of emails has been leaked to the New York Times, written by former deputy attorney general James Comey. Each one forms a disturbing picture, in which is becomes clear that the DOJ, and in particular Alberto Gonzalez, were pressured into creating memos that approved torture, including retroactively.

A fantastic blog post in the Washington Post’s ‘White House Watch’ points out the obvious shroud of protection that the move made, in which the illegal interrogation tactics were later blamed on the DOJ, and the finger pointed away from the White House.

“I sketched out the ‘summation’ that could be made to demonstrate that some of this stuff was simply awful. I told him it would all come out some day and be presented in the ways I was presenting it,” one email said of a conversation with Alberto Gonzales.

However, Gonzales made a few surprising statements in response, namely that he had been following the lead from Cheney, as well as from Bush, and that he had offered a chance for a redraft for the first torture memo. But Cheney went over his head, ordering it sent out as-is.

It also explained a meeting with Condoleezza Rice, “who was not interested in discussing details and that her attitude was that if the DOJ said it was legal and CIA said it was effective, then that ended it, without a need for detailed policy discussion.”

While Comey had hoped that videotaped evidence of an early interrogation would come out alongside these details, it was conveniently destroyed by the CIA, along with six others, ending that hope.

The New York Times has been critical of Comey despite these emails, as they do show that he approved the original torture memo. But this pales in comparison in the proof that the DOJ memos were nothing but a legal cover for the interrogations that were conducted in the first place.

And so the call for indictments are growing louder.


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