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Related Newswires Articles on Torture from Politico

Alberto Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales

Newswire Update from Politico:

Rumsfeld Disputes GQ Report: Aide Says He Didn’t Make Slides
from The Huffington Post | Politico

An aide to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Keith Urbahn, e-mails to contest a widely discussed GQ article by Robert Draper, which suggested that Rumsfeld “appreciated” the practice of quoting Biblical quotations on the cover sheets of classified briefings, and that Rumsfeld brought the briefings to President Bush.

Urbahn e-mails that the briefings in question were not routinely sent to Rumsfeld, and that Rumsfeld considers the cover slides “harmful and counterproductive to the war effort.”

Urbahn’s full e-mail:

The slides in the “World Intelligence Update” were prepared on a daily basis by military personnel serving on the Joint Staff, which reported to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, not the Secretary of Defense. The report was briefed regularly to senior military officials in the Pentagon – only occasionally to the Secretary of Defense and not to the President of the United States.

Rumsfeld was fully aware that words and actions could be harmful and counterproductive to the war effort. It’s safe to say that some of these cover slides could be considered in that category. The suggestion that Rumsfeld would have composed, approved of, or personally shown the slides to President Bush is flat wrong. It did not happen.

Given that Draper used anonymous sources for this charge as well as for the rest of the innuendo in his piece, one would think he might have at least done a cursory review of the facts. He might then have avoided being taken by people with an axe grind. When Draper goes back and checks reality against his reporting, he might also check whether GQ is in need of a new gossip columnist.

UPDATE: Draper emails that he’s “thoroughly confident” in his reporting and has “nothing further to add.”

McConnell: Keep Gitmo open
from Politico by Mitch McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that Guantanamo Bay is “the perfect place” for terrorism detainees and argued that talk of closing the detention facility is aimed at currying favor with foreigners.

“Look, this whole thing has been about making us popular in Europe,” McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We know how the American people feel about it. Correctly, they don’t want [detainees] in their neighborhoods. And you know, there’s been a position stated by some in the administration that there’s no problem incarcerating terrorists here. It is a problem. Ask the mayor of Alexandria. They had the [Zacarias] Moussaoui trial there a few years ago. It created significant disruptions.”

The Kentucky Republican said President Barack Obama should keep Guantanamo open. “It’s a $200 million, state-of-the-art facility,” he said. “No one has ever escaped from there.”

Obama: Memo release a weighty decision

from Politico by Josh Gerstein,Mike Allen

Obama consulted officials from the Justice Department, the CIA, the director of National Intelligence and the DHS.

Obama consulted widely on memos
from Politico by Mike Allen

Axelrod says Obama considered it “a weighty decision.”

The following YouTube video was produced and presented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Understanding Rendition: An ACLU case

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Company, on behalf of three victims of the U.S. government’s unlawful “extraordinary rendition” program. The lawsuit charges that Jeppesen knowingly provided direct flight services to the CIA that enabled the clandestine transportation of Binyam Mohamed, Abou Elkassim Britel and Ahmed Agiza to secret overseas locations where they were subjected to torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

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