Thursday 15 January 2009

"We tortured"

"We tortured [Mohammed al-]Qahtani," said Susan J. Crawford, in her first interview since being named convening authority of military commissions by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in February 2007. "His treatment met the legal definition of torture. And that's why I did not refer the case" for prosecution.
Crawford, a retired judge who served as general counsel for the Army during the Reagan administration and as Pentagon inspector general when Dick Cheney was secretary of defense, is the first senior Bush administration official responsible for reviewing practices at Guantanamo to publicly state that a detainee was tortured."

Bob Woodward in the The Washington Post, January 14, 2009
Via the can't-do-without Rachel Maddow Show.

The Washington Post: White House answers judge's finding of US torture, January 14, 2009

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