Condi Rice ‘Approved Torture Methods’
Condoleezza Rice, the former US secretary of state, approved the use of torture methods such as waterboarding as early as 2002, a new report says.
A US senate intelligence committee report said on Wednesday that Rice, then national security adviser, verbally gave the green light to the CIA in July 2002 to use waterboarding on Abu Zubaydah, an al-Qaeda suspect held in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
A few days later on August 1, 2002, the then US justice department approved the use of waterboarding in a secret memo, the report said.
Abu Zubaydah underwent waterboarding at least 83 times in August 2002, according to memos from the administration of George Bush released earlier this week.
The news comes as the senate armed services committee had its own report declassified earlier this week, in which it said senior US officials in the Bush administration were involved in the approval of the use of torture on so-called terror suspects. >>>
Following the release of several Bush administration memos on the use of torture against terror war prisoners, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have given new credence to calls for a “truth commission” to investigate torture committed under the former president.
“[The memos give] further impetus among members to have some kind of truth commission as to what happened,” Pelosi said on Wednesday. “I do not think immunity should be granted to everyone in a blanket way.”
“Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said Wednesday that Reid would be also open to the idea of an independent commission, calling it ‘an option he is willing to take a look at,’” reported Roll Call on Thursday. >>>