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Rice OK'd CIA waterboard request

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As national security adviser to former President George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice verbally approved the CIA's request to subject alleged al-Qaida terrorist Abu Zubaydah to waterboarding in July 2002, the earliest known decision by a Bush administration official to OK use of the simulated drowning technique.

The new timeline shows that Rice played a greater role than she admitted last fall in written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The narrative also shows that dissenting legal views about the severe interrogation methods were brushed aside repeatedly.

We all remember how Dr Rice bristled at the suggestion that US had lost its high moral ground. Now we have proof of her hypocrisy. Is it the start of unravelling of Bush administration misdeeds or just damage control exercise to absolve Bush and Cheney?

by FarEasterner on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 04:39:20 AM EST
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