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Friday, May 29, 2009

Torturing to justify the Iraq invasion, before and after the fact

We now know that the reason the Bush regime tortured its captives was to coerce false testimony that linked Iraq and Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda and Sept. 11. Without this "evidence," the U.S. invasion of Iraq remains a war crime under the Nuremberg standard. . . .

It is a known fact that torture produces unreliable information. The only purpose of torture is to produce false confessions. . . .

[The] "evidence" obtained by torture can have catastrophic consequences. In making the case against Iraq at the UN, former secretary of state Colin Powell assured the countries of the world that his evidence rested on "facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence." Today Powell and his chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, are ashamed that the "evidence" for Powell’s UN speech
turned out to be nothing but the coerced false confession of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, who was relentlessly tortured in Egypt in order to produce a justification for Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq.
-- from "Succumbing to the Dark Side" by Paul Craig Roberts.

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