I’ve been talking to a few people today who have some professional insight into the whole torture saga, just what happened, what this or that secret memo might say. And I’m getting the sense that waterboarding to force people to tell us the ‘truth’ about Saddam’s alliance with al Qaida might turn out to be a pretty big part of this. Especially when we look closely at Cheney’s role.
Late Update: Hmmm … Seems like a lot of people are talking. Just out from the Robert Windrem, reporting for the Daily Beast …
Two U.S. intelligence officers confirm that Vice President Cheney’s office suggested waterboarding an Iraqi prisoner, a former intelligence official for Saddam Hussein, who was suspected to have knowledge of a Saddam-al Qaeda connection.
*The former chief of the Iraq Survey Group, Charles Duelfer, in charge of interrogations, tells The Daily Beast that he considered the request reprehensible.
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