In this video from the USA, ‘CNN is reporting that [US] Brigadier General Karpinski has revealed to a Spanish newspaper that she personally saw a memo from Donald Rumsfeld that gave permission for army personel and private contractors to torture Iraqis and also ordered that detainees not be registered or accounted for. ‘
By Joe Kay:
Report details secret Bush administration memos authorizing torture
5 October 2007
Since 2005, the Bush administration has produced at least three secret orders and memoranda justifying extreme interrogation methods banned under international law as forms of torture, according to a newspaper report published on Thursday.
The existence of the memos was revealed in a New York Times article (“Secret US Endorsement of Severe Interrogations”, by Scott Shane, David Johnston, and James Risen) published on Thursday. None of these opinions or memos have been released to the public.
The authors highlight the attempt by Justice Department lawyers, under the leadership of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, to conceal the illegal actions of the administration and allow its policy to continue despite an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling and a bill prohibiting “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment.
Bush defends torture: here.
Rory Kennedy on this: here.