The Obama administration has released four redacted and formerly classified Bush-era enhanced interrogation memos.
link objectively describes these memos as 'Torture memos.' Download the memos via the ACLU here
(Btw, hilarious ACLU slogan, "Safe and Free." As if we'll remain that way by granting rights to terrorists, apologizing to them and sharing our interrogation methods.)
A caterpillar in a box
Facial hold/facial slap
None of this stuff is torture. And al Qaeda prisoners don't deserve Geneva Convention protections, either. If the above techniques save lives, great. If we get actionable, real time intelligence from doing these things, among others, let's keep doing them. We would be foolish not to use every method at our disposal.
As I read these memos, particularly the one about Abu Zebaydah written by Jay Bybee, former Assistant Attorney General, I see the extraordinary care and planning of safety measures specifically for the prisoner. I don't read anything that leads me to conclude 'torture.' In fact, I get the opposite impression.
Bybee wrote, in terms of waterboarding,
"We understand that a medical expert will be present throughout this phase (of interrogation) and that the procedures will be stopped if deemed medically necessary to prevent severe mental or physical harm to Zebaydah. As mentioned (previously), Zebaydah suffered an injury due to his capture. You have informed us that steps will be taken to ensure that this injury is not in any way exacerbated by the use of these (interrogation) methods and adequate medical attention will be given to ensure that (the injury) will heal properly."
Does that sound like an out of control government, actively engaged in torturing and killing people?
Yet, Obama perpetuates this myth, calling the Bush years 'a dark, painful chapter in American history.' He's lying again and pandering to his Leftwing kook base, again. Dark for whom? Yeah, it was dark for the terrorists around the world, to Bush's great credit.
From the Politico
"A former top official in the administration of President George W. Bush called the publication of the memos “unbelievable.”
“It's damaging because these are techniques that work, and by Obama's action today, we are telling the terrorists what they are,” the official said. “We have laid it all out for our enemies. This is totally unnecessary. … Publicizing the techniques does grave damage to our national security by ensuring they can never be used again — even in a ticking-time- bomb scenario where thousands or even millions of American lives are at stake."
The release of these memos does nothing but provide assistance to the enemy and hasten dark days again to our shores. Democrats are so pathetically weak on national defense it renders them completely unqualified to hold high positions of power in government.