G.Bush and CIA : Getting Away With Torture (pdf report)

1 Human Rights Watch | July 2011
Summary
George Tenet asked if he had permission to use enhanced interrogation techniques, including wate rboarding, on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.…“Damn right,” I said.—Former President George W. Bush, 2010
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There is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered iswhether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.—Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, June 2008
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Should former US President George W. Bush be investigated for authorizing “water boarding”and other abuses against detainees that the United States and scores of other countries have long recognized as torture? Should high-ranking US officials who authorized enforced disappearances of detainees and the transfer of others to countries where they were likely tobe tortured be held accountable for their actions?In 2005, Human Rights Watch’s
Getting Away with Torture
? presented substantial evidence warranting criminal investigations of then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director George Tenet, as well as Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, formerly the top US commander in Iraq, and Gen. Geoffrey Miller, former commander of the US military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.This report builds on our prior work by summarizing information that has since been made public about the role played by US government officials most responsible for setting interrogation and detention policies following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, and analyzes them under US and international law. Based on this evidence, Human Rights Watch believes there is sufficient basis for the US government to order a broad criminal investigation into alleged crimes committed in connection with the torture and ill-treatment of detainees, the CIA secret detention program, and the rendition of detainees to torture.

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