Re-Examining Bush Era Interrogation Tactics
Feb 14, 2011 — Matthew Alexander, a pseudonym for the author, was a military interrogator in Iraq who rejected previously used harsh techniques. He writes about how his team hunted down two key al-Qaida operatives in Kill or Capture.
Jun 3, 2009 — As vice president, Dick Cheney led CIA briefings with senior members of Congress on Bush-era harsh interrogation program, a news report says. Intelligence experts say Cheney's role, while highly unusual, was within legal parameters — and underscores his stake in the program.
May 21, 2009 — In dramatic, back-to-back speeches, the president repudiated the Bush administration for choosing "expedience" over the rule of law. The former VP, meanwhile, warned that Obama's efforts to find "middle ground" would leave the country exposed to attack.
May 20, 2009 — The rhetoric over harsh interrogation tactics — and clamor for disclosure and inquiry — are intensifying. President Obama is being urged to step in and name an independent panel to examine what went wrong in the Bush Justice Department.
May 15, 2009 — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the CIA misled her in 2002 about the use of waterboarding against detainees in the war on terrorism. Pelosi went beyond her previous remarks about a briefing she attended, saying she had asked about the technique that many consider torture, and had been told it was not being used.
May 15, 2009 — Congressional testimony this week showed that private CIA contractors were a driving force behind harsh interrogations. Although there are lawsuits against military contractors involved in detainee abuse, there has been far less legal action against contractors who worked for the CIA.
May 14, 2009 — Vice President Dick Cheney says the two documents would show that harsh interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration were effective, but the CIA says they contain information that is the subject of pending litigation.
May 14, 2009 — The treatment of detainees from the war on terrorism is not an issue President Obama wanted to see dominate his early months in office. But the release of legal memos justifying extreme techniques brought the issue to the fore, and the president's decision not to release pictures of detainee abuse in prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan is bound to keep it there.
May 14, 2009 — A Congressional subcommittee on Wednesday had a hearing with two witnesses who warned the Bush administration against harsh interrogation techniques. One is Ali Soufan, the FBI agent who interrogated Abu Zubaydah. The other is Philip Zelikow, the State Department official who protested that there was no legal basis for justifying the techniques.
May 14, 2009 — The Obama administration had said it would release Pentagon photos of prisoner abuse by May 28. But when military and foreign policy experts protested the decision, the White House reversed course — saying the release of the photos would endanger U.S. troops.