What is he talking about? What dark, painful chapter? The man hates this country. I am a proud American. This country was attacked - the most terrible attack in American history on our soil. Dark? Painful? Sounds like he is describing his first 100 days.
What's he apologizing for? Defending ourselves? I am going to throw up.
In yet another America hating, revolting move, Obama released the memos that gives our enemies inside intel into how we conduct interrogations.
April 16 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration ruled out prosecution of government interrogators as it released censored versions of legal memos that guided harsh questioning of terror suspects by the CIA under President George W. Bush.
The four memos show that Justice Department lawyers authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to use such techniques as sleep deprivation, slapping, nudity and waterboarding that simulates drowning.
Lawyers also said it would be all right to put one high- ranking al-Qaeda suspect in a cramped box with what he was told would be a stinging insect. The idea was discarded, a footnote in one memo said, “for reasons unrelated to any concern” it might be unlawful.
An insect is torture? We are lost.
Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement today that intelligence officials who relied on the Justice Department’s legal advice won’t be prosecuted for carrying out what critics called torture. The memos, written from 2002 to 2005, were released in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
“We have been through a dark and painful chapter in our history,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. While disclosing the memos is necessary, he said, “Nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.” Also, Obama said, making the documents public won’t jeopardize national security.
Disclosing the memos was not necessary. It only hurts the US and these agencies. The people who work in these jobs will be reluctant to put anything in writing and/or to do their jobs in an effective way -- which may have been Obama's objective.
The Bush administration legal advice no longer represents the views of the Justice Department, officials said. The memos offered legal arguments for why the techniques didn’t violate U.S. prohibitions on torture, and described steps the CIA said it would take to prevent detainees from being injured.
The ACLU, which sued to force disclosure of the memos in their entirety, said in a statement that anyone who “gave legal blessings to acts of torture” should be prosecuted. “No one is above the law,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said in the statement.
A U.S. court had given the Justice Department until today to release the memos or explain why it couldn’t.
The memos revealed that the Justice Department approved placing Abu Zubaydah, a reputed al-Qaeda leader and associate of Osama Bin Laden, in a cramped box with an insect that he would be told could sting him.
“You have informed us that he appears to have a fear of insects,” Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee said in an Aug. 1, 2002, memo to the CIA. “In particular, you would like to tell Zubaydah that you intend to place a stinging insect into the box with him. You would, however, place a harmless insect in the box.”
Zubaydah, who is being held at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility, hasn’t been charged by the U.S.