Will Democrats continue to ignore the Bush war crimes committed during post 9/11 interrogations? Will Republicans continue to say that waterboarding is not torture?
The “torture memos” were released in 2009 by the Obama administration. These memos attempt to define torture as legal and necessary. In essence, they attempt to redefine the law to suit the Bush administration’s purposes. George W. Bush has repeatedly said that torture is legal and that he had every right to allow these “enhanced interrogation techniques”.
All the while, Philip Zelikow was publicly stating that he had circulated a memo in 2006 stating that the Bush administration techniques “should be considered ‘cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment’ within the meaning of Artical 16“.
Zelikow was the executive director of the 9/11 Commission and was counselor to Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. He always opposed the torture memos and made his opposition clear to the administration.
In typical Republican deceptive style, the administration attempted to collect and destroy all copies of the Zelikow memo. Why? Because it proved that George W. Bush, Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and other top officials knew that what they were doing was illegal and in violation of the Geneva Conventions. They were committing a war crime.
Rachel Maddow reminds viewers how far right the Republican party has moved. John McCain won his party’s nomination and is clearly against torture of any kind while his opponents refuse to agree. Current GOP contenders, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, have both sided with the Bush administration on torture. Santorum even went so far as to say that Senator McCain, who was a tortured prisoner of war, “doesn’t know how effective waterboarding…can be”.
The Obama administration refused to prosecute Bush administration officials. In light of this new evidence, will they change their mind? Will flip-flopper extraordinaire, Mitt Romney, flip positions again and decide torture is evil so that he can criticize Obama for not taking the same stance?
After looking at Republicans covering evidence of felony Bush war crimes, reading the Geneva Convention of 1949, reading the torture memos, and reading Zelikow’s 2006 memoÂ—how could you even consider voting for a Republican?